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Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka

OMAKOJI, ABRAHAM MARK. "POLITICAL ECONOMY OF PASTORALISM AND RURAL INSECURITY IN BENUE STATE, NORTH-CENTRAL NIGERIA, 2010-2017." Int. J. Arts&Humanities, vol. 2, no. 11, Nov. 2018, pp. 585-603, Accessed Nov. 2018.
OMAKOJI, A. (2018, November). POLITICAL ECONOMY OF PASTORALISM AND RURAL INSECURITY IN BENUE STATE, NORTH-CENTRAL NIGERIA, 2010-2017. Int. J. Arts&Humanities, 2(11), 585-603. Retrieved from
OMAKOJI, ABRAHAM MARK. "POLITICAL ECONOMY OF PASTORALISM AND RURAL INSECURITY IN BENUE STATE, NORTH-CENTRAL NIGERIA, 2010-2017." Int. J. Arts&Humanities 2, no. 11 (November 2018), 585-603. Accessed November, 2018.

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Pastoralism, Political Economy, Transhumance, Rural Insecurity, Benue State, North-Nigeria

The movement of pastoralists from one place to another in search of greener pasture for their pastures has caused serious conflict between them and crop farmers', this has posed serious security challenge in the rural area in Benue state. This conflict has been viewed as common feature of economic and livelihood struggle. However, the attacks by the Fulani herdsmen have in recent years taken more dangerous dimension with acquisition of modern weapons and communication devices. Incidence of killing, robbery, rape and kidnapping by the Fulani herdsmen has inflicted pain on most farmers. Therefore, the basic thrust of this paper is to examine the effect of the activities of Fulani herdsmen in Benue State and identify its implication for rural security. The study collected data from primary source relying on questionnaire and interview for data collection, also, secondary method of data collection was used to complement the primary sources like journals, newspapers and books etc. The data were analyzed with qualitative method. The conflict theory anchored on political economy was adopted as a framework of analysis. The paper reveals that activities of Fulani herdsmen militates against agricultural production, destruction of lives and properties and result in massive unemployment. This paper recommends that government should make policy on grazing reserve and prohibit open grazing and make ranching compulsory cattle owners to avoid spreading of diseases and destruction of crops by the cattle. The study equally recommends the enactment of laws to prohibit the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and disarm the arms bearing herdsmen.

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