The Kogi State chapter of Miyette Allahi Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, during the weekend, threatened to withdraw its animals from the state markets over harassment and arrest of its members by the police.
Alhaji Shuabu Idrisa chairman of the association, made this clear after stakeholders meeting between Fulani Ardos and Miyette Allah cattle breeders on problems affecting them. According to the Fulani, the threat to withdraw cattle had become necessary as a result of the way security agents were arresting their youths, women and cows in the event of robbery on the highway.
According to Idrisa, “If there is any robbery on the highway, security agents will swoop on all Fulani settlements in that area and arrest [the] people, including cows. But when a bank is robbed in town, people of the town are not arrested… Also, once they see any Fulani man ridding Okada, they will arrest him, calling him Boko Haram and, in the process, extort him.”
He added that they were made to pay huge sums of money to secure their release, a development, he said, had made some of its members to move to South-West, where they are not harassed or taunted as Boko Haram. He also alleged that people always kill any cattle that mistakenly enter their farmland in the area.