A Fulani socio-cultural group, Miyetti Allah Kautal Horeh as urged the federal government to look into report of security agents arresting Fulani herdsmen and forcing them to pay ransom before their release.
The national chairman of the association, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Bodejo said yesterday in Abuja that the people mostly in military uniform also killed the herders and that they believed the killers were not the Army or Police but impostors,
“Some Fulani leaders visited us that Fulanis are being killed as if there is gang-up to finish us. Now the Fulanis don’t know the real Army from impostors. It would have been after the killings that the Fulanis would discover that the killers were not the real Army.
“We have reports that the Army and Police would arrest Fulanis and ask them to pay N200,000; N300,000 and other sums of money, I personally would not believe the Nigeria Army or Police would ask Fulanis to pay after being arrested even when they did not commit offences. The authority should look at this,” he said.
He expressed surprise on the comment of a former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt-Gen T.Y Danjuma over the Taraba crisis.
He said, “We have many elder statesmen and the comment of some of them is not fair. I can say they were enemies to Fulanis. Some 1,000 Fulanis were killed in Mambilla, nobody said anything till now, including T Y Danjuma. We have resolved that if any Fulani is killed in Taraba or anywhere again, we would take Danjuma to court as his comment is taking as order to kill Fulanis.”
When asked if Danajum’s comment should not be taken as a general reaction to insecurity in the country and not specifically against Fulanis, he said it is not tenable.
“If I, as a Fulani leader or any of the Fulani leaders or one Emir made such calls, there would have been outcry. We expect the government to have arrested and prosecuted all the killers in Mambilla, including Danjuma too. Danjuma command respect in the country and his comment is shocking. I think government is not doing enough and that is why Danjuma and any other person can be making such comment. It is not true that the Army is colluding with the Fulanis, the soldiers are doing their best, may be Danjuma is not happy that the Military is doing their best to protect the country,” he said.
On the recently deaths of some armed herdsmen in gun battles with the Military on Benue, Zamfara and Taraba, and if Fulani leaders have lost coordination of the herders, he said it was not true.
According to him, there have been reports that many people were impersonating the Army to kill Fulanis and their cattle. We have a report of some members of one family losing up to one million herds of cow. There are no Fulanis in Benue State except at the borders with neighbouring states of Taraba and Nasarawa.