DISTURBED by the continued complaints of traffic obstructions by cows either roaming or being reared in Abuja metropolis, despite several warnings by the authorities of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, the Senate Committee on FCT yesterday ordered the slaughtering of any cows found in the nation’s capital and its environment. Chairman of the committee, Senator Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West) gave the order to the Minister of FCT, Alhaji Mohammed Bello, when he appeared before the committee at the National Assembly, Abuja, but gave an option of N50, 000 as fine to be paid per cow to avoid such stiffer punishment. Senator Melaye said it was very disappointing, annoying and embarrassing that despite ban placed on cattle grazing in FCT by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, some stubborn herdsmen were still moving cows along and across highways within the metropolis. He therefore ordered the FCT Minister to go beyond the ban by facilitating the slaughtering order issued by the senate committee. “Honourable Minister, Senate as an institution is not happy at how Fulani herdsmen continue to move their cows across the city centre, 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 centre with a fine of N50, 000 per cow. This order must be carried out,” he said. Also, Melaye further revealed that the Senate was in receipt of complaints that some residents of the territory were converting their apartments into hotels and brothels, a situation he said was distorting original master plan of the city. The lawmaker noted that some people were already undermining FCT authority under his watch, which he said was unacceptable. Meanwhile, FCT officials and Nigeria military who appeared before the committee declined hearing over unconstitutional acquisition of 238 hectare of land situated at Maitama extension. In response to the committee’s demand that the said plot was being investigated based on petitions it received from the public that Nigeria military had chased away Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, contractors who were working on infrastructure earlier in the months, the minister pleaded that FCDA be allowed to discuss with those concerned, believing they would revert to the Senate. Representative of the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Pat Ake submitted that Nigeria military was capable of resolving the impasse with FCDA, failure of which he said would make them revert back to the Senate.

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