Taraba: Miyetti Allah Determine to expose criminal herders

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Emir of Muri in Taraba State, has issued a 30-day ultimatum for cattle herders to vacate forests in the state or be flushed out, a Fulani herders’ group in the state say they are working hard to fish out criminals in their ranks.

The state Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Sahabi Mahmud, stated this when he led leaders of Fulani communities in the state to a meeting with the emir in his palace in Jalingo on Monday.

The emir’s threat arose from the worsening security situation in Taraba, where herders have been blamed for abduction for ransom, highway robbery and killings in the state.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr Mahmud said the leadership of Miyetti Allah was disturbed by the spate of abductions and other criminal activities in the state being blamed on herders.

He said the leaders had held a series of meetings and resolved “to crush the criminal elements among our groups.”

Mr Mahmud said they have sworn to an oath not to harbour criminals and to also expose sponsors of bandits, no matter the positions they hold in the society.

Urging the emir to give them time to fulfill their house cleaning pledge, he promised the communities would work closely with security agencies to ensure the criminal elements among them are brought to book.

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In the communique issued at the end of the over four hours meeting, Mr Mahmud said the group would record repentant bandits and hand over unrepentant ones to security agents.

“Those who repent would be documented, while those that refuse to repent and stop kidnapping and other crimes would equally be handed over to security agents to face the appropriate laws of the land,” the communique stated.

“We have agreed not to harbour criminals, even if they are our biological children, and we have sworn to an oath to expose their sponsors no matter their standing in the society.”

According to him, fulfilling the oath will be tasking but they will use everything they have to ensure that the bad eggs among the Fulanis are flushed out of the state in order to restore the damage to their image caused by the few bad elements in their midst.

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