By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
About fifty-three Fulani herdsmen, kidnappers and armed robbers, who denounced their membership of the groups were received by the Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria, Oyo State chapter, Alhaji Yakubu Bello, on Friday. They all called on the people to join hands with them in ending kidnapping in the state.
Bello said this during a meeting between the police and Vigilante Group of Nigeria where some of the kidnapping kingpins repented and bid goodbye to the act.
“Kidnapping is common and rampant; government cannot face these issues alone, that is the essence of calling for this town hall meeting.”
While commending the actions of the head of the Miyetti Allah, Comrade Sunday Olajide, the state Commander of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria, said the event was long overdue, adding that his group was happy because the meeting came at the right time.
He said Oyo State was no longer a hide-out for kidnappers, while urging the Fulani not to fight with one another because it will distabilise their efforts in combating the fight against kidnapping.
Earlier in his remark, the Vice-President of the Miyetti Allah, Hussien Yusuf, said the bulk of the problem emanated from the Fulani kinsmen, and that they were ready to get the solution.
He also said the association knew 80 percentage of the kidnapping cases were perpetrated by the Fulanis
Yusuf then said the Miyetti Allah was ready to assist the security agencies, adding that they would back it financially.
He also said the association purposely made a Yoruba man the head of the Vigilante Group, stating that the reason was for transparency.
They then concluded by imploring the people to continue in the fight against kidnapping by denouncing their membership from the bad gang.
The Aseyin of Iseyin, Oba Adekunle Salau, who was represented by one of his chiefs, described kidnapping in the Oke-Ogun region as a bad development and prayed that the culprit meet their waterloo soonest.
He then called for frequent meetings in other to sensitize the people.
While thanking the Miyetti leadership, an ex- leader of the kidnapping group, Dagogo, promised to work with the security agencies in combating the crime, adding that the people should work as a team in order to achieve the great task ahead.