The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, has called for the enrollment of persons of Fulani extraction in the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun.
The leader of the Fulani herders in Oyo State, Ibrahim Jiji, made the call in an interview with newsmen at the Ibadan palace of Sarkin Sasa Sardaunan Yamaa, who is also the Chairman, Council of Arewa Traditional Rulers and Chiefs, in the Southern states.
Jiji’s proposition was coming on the heels of the arrest of 46 Fulanis and the killings of three others, all suspected to be criminals by Amotekun corps in Ayete area of the state.
The chairman while rebutting claims that the suspects were criminals, said language barrier caused the alleged mix-up adding that the incorporation of Fulanis in the operations of Amotekun was necessary to avoid future reccurrence.
In his account of what actually happened, he said, “After the commandant of Amotekun called us that we should join in a clearance operation, we agreed that 50 men from us, who are members of Vigilance Group, would go with them.
“When Amotekun operatives wanted to go for the operation, we were in Eruwa. But, Amotekun operatives went for the operation without carrying us along. We were only informed thereafter, that they had gone and killed three of our members.
“We got information that some people were kidnapped at Igangan and our Vigilance Group was directed to go there and rescue the victims. But, on their way to the place, some security men arrested them; they are 46. They were taken later handed over to the Police Area Commander at Eruwa.
“They are not criminals at all. This Vigilance Group had arrested and handed suspected criminals to the police. How would they now be taken as criminals? “We plead with Governor Seyi Makinde to expedite their release because they are certainly not criminals as being branded.”