by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Plateau state chapter of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has said that no farmer has been arrested in the state carrying AK-47 rifle.
Chairman of the association, Mr John Wuyep, disclosed this, while reacting to a statement made on Channels TV ‘Sunrise Daily,’ of 23rd Feb, 2021, by the Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, who lamented the proliferation of arms amongst herders and farmers in the country.
The governor had asserted that, “Today, we are now seeing the hazard of allowing people do open grazing here and there. But they (herders) also want solution; by the time you explain to them, they also want to stay in one place; they would also want to keep away from carrying AK-47.
“I’m not justifying anybody to carry AK-47, but don’t forget that in the course of our deliberations and investigations, it was not only Fulani herdsmen that were carrying AK-47, even farmers were carrying AK-47.”
He stated this, while featuring on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’ monitored by our correspondent.
Reacting to the statement, Wuyep said “Carrying AK-47 is a big offense; farmers in the state are law abiding, they go about their business peacefully.
“So far, in Plateau, there has been no case of any farmer caught with AK-47 or any weapon.”