Nigerian Senate Monday asked the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bello Mohammed, to either restrict Fulani herdsmen from roaming the city center with herds of cattle or have them slaughtered.
The FCT Minister, who is a Fulani from Adamawa State, had issued an order banning cattle rearing in the city center but the order is obviously not been adhered to as cows roam the city center with reckless abandon, snarling traffic in the process.
At a public hearing in Abuja, Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Dino Melaye, expressed dismay at the development noting that an earlier directive on the matter by the minister had been largely ignored by the herdsmen.
The minister, had, during the ministerial screening at the senate said that most roads in the northern part of the country were cattle routes in pre-colonial times but were only converted to roads by the colonialists.
Melaye told the minister to take drastic measures about roaming cows in the nation’s capital including placing heavy fines on them.
“Honourable Minister, Senate as an institution is not happy at how Fulani herdsmen continue to move their cows across the city center, which we are aware you have given directive against that some time ago.
“From now, get knives and ask your men to slaughter cows found in the capital city or prosecute herdsmen seen with cows in the city center with a fine of N50, 000 per cow. This order must be carried out,” he said.
The minister agreed to carry out the directive.