Herdsmen Threaten Reprisal Over Alleged Attacks

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Dutse – Disturbed by alleged persistent attacks on its communities nationwide, the joint Fulani association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has warned that it would no longer condone the killing, harassment, or intimidation of its members on the grounds that they are Fulani herdsmen.

In a statement, a copy of which was made available to Daily Independent in Dutse, the association noted that some disgruntled elements in the society were in the habit of camouflaging by wearing Fulani dresses and carrying out brutal killings.

“Most of the social disorder happening in some parts of the country where the Fulani was linked was grossly incorrect and misleading, since reports have clearly shown that the crisis was masterminded amongst the indigenes of such places who hide under the cover of the Fulani,” the association said.

The association’s Spokesman, Mal Ahmadu Hadejia, also asked the Jigawa State government to urgently swing into action to curb the activities of those he described as enemies of progress at the grassroots level, fomenting trouble amongst farmers and nomads in their domains.

“We wish to draw the attention of the state government to the fact that some officials of our various local government areas are in the habit of conniving with traditional rulers, depriving the rights of the Fulani, especially the nomads and their resources, in causing trouble between them and farmers in a bid to create animosity between the two parties, a situation Fulani groups will not allow.

“As Fulani representatives, we condemn the frequent communal skirmishes happening all over the country under the pretext of Fulani herdsmen fracas, and call on government at all levels to bring to book anyone or groups that happen to have a hand in this unwholesome trend, as well as rehabilitate adequately those that have really suffered in order to cushion their hardship.

“We’re calling on authorities concerned to take positive steps towards putting to a halt this devastating situation before it gets out of hand.

“The frequent clashes that have erupted in different parts of the country emanating from brutal killings and wanton destruction of property ought to be condemned by all peace-loving Nigerians.

“We call on the government for resettlement and payment of adequate compensation to Fulanis that have lost their relations and their resources in the unfortunate circumstances.”

Fulani herdsmen have, at different points, in recent times, claimed that their people were being attacked or that their cattle were being rustled.

This is the background of clashes since January 2016 when 10 Agatu communities in Benue State suffered attacks reportedly by the herdsmen.

This forced Governor Samuel Ortom to ban unrestricted grazing in Benue State.

Their activities grew so worrisome in Southern Kaduna that the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, was said to have paid them to calm down.

In the past year, there were herdsmen attacks in Zaki Ibiam in Benue State in March; in Odukpani, Cross River State, in April, and in May, armed herdsmen attacked villages in Niger State, killing 21 people.

Communities in Lagun, Iyana Offa, Offa, Atagba, Lapata and their surrounding communities in Lagelu LGA in Ibadan, Oyo State, have been variously attacked.

They have also attacked in Ekiti and Ogun states, prompting Governor Ayo Fayose to take similar action as Governor Ortom of Benue State.

Across the Middle Belt to the Southern part of Nigeria, the herdsmen have reportedly created fear in farmers who have lost the will to practise their occupation because of insecurity.

In June, this year, more than 200 people were reported to have died in coordinated attacks on about 50 communities in Plateau State.

These attacks began on June 22 and lasted until 24 June. The majority of the victims were women and children.

At one location, 120 people were killed as they were returning from the funeral of an elderly member of the Church of Christ in Nations in Benue.

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