Governors from 11 North-West states on Thursday directed herdsmen to stop carrying arms whenever they were in public places in that part of Nigeria.
Groups such as Yansakai were equally banned from bearing arms.. They were directed to surrender all weapons in their possession.
This formed part of the four-point resolution arrived at during a four-and-half hour meeting between the 11 northern state governors and the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu in Katsina State.
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, who read the communique issued after the meeting said efforts would also be made to ensure that herdsmen had access to improved breed of cattle.
“Herdsmen and their family members should be allowed to attend markets and worship places as well as attend daily activities provided that they don’t carry arms into the public places.
“Herdsmen should conduct themselves and live peacefully with one another. Those who stole animals should return them through government or the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association.
“Repentant bandits, including the Yansakai should surrender arms and ammunition in their possession to the authorities and to release people that are in their captivity,” the communique read in part.
Also speaking after the meeting, the Inspector-General of Police said the meeting would be reconvened in a month’s time to review how far the resolutions had gone in restoring peace to the North-West.