- The Sultan of Sokoto has urged herdsmen to fish out criminals among them
- The Miyetti Allah said those responsible for the killings are bandit
- It also said herdsmen have lost two million cattle to them
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has said that the Sultan of Sokoto has given them two months to fish out the killer elements among them.
The Punch reports that Alhaji Mohammadu Kiruwa who is the national president of the association disclosed this in Benin at a peace meeting with farmers on Wednesday, April 25.
Represented by the national secretary, Alhaji Baba Ngelzarma, Kiruwa said the attacks were carried out by bandits.
He said: “The Sultan of Sokoto has given us a two-month mandate to fish out criminal elements among the herdsmen in the country. If those things (killings) that have been alleged have been done by the herdsmen, we must do all we could to fish out the criminal elements.
“He (Sultan) has given us the mandate and, in two months, he wants us to give him results. We have talked with our members and have also heard from them.
“We also taught them how we want them to behave because they are at the receiving end when trouble starts. We are here for peace; we are here to condemn the atrocities in whatever form by whoever. We are not a terrorist group.
“But we are a peace-loving association and that is why we have His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, as the chairman (of the) board of trustees of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder Association and we have other members like the Emir of Kano. We have the Lamido of Adamawa and the Emir of Katsina; these are other trustees of the association.”
“Today, it is on record that our members have lost about two million cows as a result of cattle rustling. Our members also suffer from the hands of the kidnappers.
“Our members were not spared by the farmers and cattle breeders dispute. Although we know we have our fault there because of the relationship between the tongue and teeth; so, such a thing (dispute) is bound to happen.
“Those moving with sophisticated weapons are not cattle herders but cattle rustlers. We have had talks with our members and advised them on what to in relationship with their host communities."
Meanwhile, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi on Tuesday, April 17, set up a judicial commission of inquiry to look into the suspected herdsmen attacks in the Ogane-Nigwu, Ojuwo-Ajimadi and Agbenema-Ife areas of the state.
The committee, which comprise fourteen men, is to determine the immediate and remote causes of the crisis in the affected communities, identify individuals or group of persons responsible for the mayhem, the Punch reports.
The committee was also to ascertain the extent of damage done to lives and properties in the incidents and make recommendations for the restoration of peace and order as well as finding ways of preventing a repeat of such occurrences.
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