The leadership of the Fulani tribe has come out to deny claims that its herdsmen were involved in the kidnap of the former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae.
In the wake of the kidnap of former Secretary to the Federal Government of Nigeria (SFG), Chief Olu Falae, by suspected Fulani herdsmen and the call by pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere that the herdsmen should be expelled from the South-West, the Association of Fulani Chiefs and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), has come out with a categorical statement that their people could not have had a hand in the abduction.
Ondo State chairman of MACBAN, Bello Garba, said this during a press statement that those who committed the act were not Fulani herdsmen, as they are not known to leave their flock and engage in such atrocious crimes, faulting the call for the expulsion of herdsmen from the South-West.
Though Garba admitted that Fulani herdsmen usually encroach on farms, acts of kidnap has never been attributed to them.
“We have been relating with security agencies and we have never had any issue with residents before. The disagreement with farmers has been ongoing for sometime but we have mediated and settled it on several occasions.
Most of the Fulani people that came into Ondo came in as cattle breeders and you don’t expect them to just leave their animals and be kidnapping. We have been residing in Ondo State for more than 100 years and no one has ever accused us of any heinous crime in Ondo State or caught us with weapons.
As an Ondo resident, I condemn this act. Clearly, this is impersonation. We live with our families in Ondo. How can we engage in such an act? We are pleading with law enforcement agents to do more investigation and expose the real perpetrators.”
Recall that on September 21, it was reported that some Fulani herdsmen had kidnapped the repspected elder statesman in his farm after a long running battle over encroachment on his farm.