Miyetti Allah tells members to expose criminal herdsmen in Ekiti
The Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria(MACBAN) in Ekiti State, Alhaji Adamu Abache, has ordered his members to henceforth expose any herdsman seen perpetrating crimes in the state.
Abache said revealing the identities of Fulani herdsmen with criminal tendencies would protect the integrity of herders doing legitimate businesses in Ekiti and disabuse the minds of Nigerians that all herdsmen are criminals.
The MACBAN leader spoke in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, on Thursday, during a security meeting organised by the Ekiti State chapter of the Police Community Relations Committee(PCRC) for all ethnic nationalities in the state.
Speaking at the event where participants brainstormed on how to ensure peaceful co-existence among ethnic groups to tackle insecurity, Abache said MACBAN had banned the use of underage for cattle rearing in the state.
He said, “Fulani herdsmen living in Ekiti are for peace and we will continue to live together with our hosts in peace. Our own support will always be to the government of the day for all of us to enjoy peace.
“But the goverment should help us by providing Identity Cards for all members because the herdsmen are facing a lot of challenges in the forests regarding identification.
“The government must mandatorily register the number of Fulani herdsmen living in Ekiti. The bio-data must be done through our local government heads. The government must know where we live and where we do our businesses and whoever perpetrates criminal activities can be traced, arrested and handed over to the police.
“We want to bring to your notice that we have cancelled the idea of using underage children for cattle rearing. I have ordered my people to expose any herder or group of herders found perpetrating criminality, because we want peace and we want to live in peace with Ekiti people.”
The PCRC chairman in Ekiti, Mr Sunday Makinde, disclosed that the meeting was conceptualised to fashion a way of resolving all the litany of security hiccups being experienced in Ekiti in recent time.
Makinde said the challenges of herders-farmers clashes, kidnapping, banditry and rape would be tackled easily with all the diverse ethnic groups making resolute commitment to help the government in tackling the crises.
Miyetti Allah tells members to expose criminal herdsmen in Ekiti|Miyetti Allah tells members to expose criminal herdsmen in Ekiti