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FCT Minister Advises Fulani Herdsmen on Polls

The Minister for the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed, has advised leaders of the Fulani herdsmen, from the six area councils, to eschew violence during the forthcoming general election.

The Minister, who had a meeting with them on Monday in Abuja, pointed out that Fulani herdsmen were known for their peaceful co-existence and urged them to continue to toe that line to ensure minimal friction between them and the host communities before, during and after the forthcoming general election.

The Minister directed the area council chairmen to consider putting some Fulani chiefs on monthly salary in order to give them a sense of belonging, while he used the occasion to set up a high-powered Task Force on crime and cattle rustling control to be chaired by the FCT Police Commissioner, Mr. Wilson Inalegwu.

Inalegwu advised the Fulani herdsmen to be cautious in providing abode to their kith and kin coming in from other parts of the country since “no one can be trusted” and gave the herdsmen a telephone hotline to be called in case of distress.


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