By Catherine Agbo
Following incidents of cattle rustling in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammmed has constituted a committee to work out modalities to check the menace.
The committee headed by FCT police commissioner, Wilson Inalegwu, has the mandate to ensure that the Fulani herdsmen carry out their business in an environment devoid of crime and threats to their lives.
The minister who disclosed this when he met with all the Ardos (Fulani chiefs) from the six area councils of the FCT reiterated that it is in furtherance of stakeholding to ensure violence free elections and emphasised that the FCT administration would continue to protect all the residents of the territory including the Fulani herdsmen scattered around the 8,000 square kilometers of the Territory as Abuja belongs to all.
The minister said that Fulani herdsmen are known for their peaceful co-existence and urged them to continue along that line to ensure minimal friction between them and the host communities before, during and after the forthcoming general elections but however reminded them that President Goodluck Jonathan has been nice to him and he is their brother; hence the need to help him reciprocate by returning the president come May 29, 2015.
Mohammed further directed the area council chairmen to consider putting some important Ardos in their jurisdictions on monthly salaries in order to give them a sense of belonging.