The Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has disclosed that the Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has reached an agreement with the security agencies to join forces with them to flush out remnants of suspected bandits hiding in various bushes in the North West and North East zones.
Adamu, who stated this yesterday after a closed door meeting with leaders of the association from various communities held inside the Presidential Lodge, Birnin-Kebbi, said they told the security agencies that the bandits were not all of Fulani extraction.
Speaking with newsmen, Adamu said the meeting was called to dialogue with the cattle breeders on the prevailing insecurity across the country.
“The essence of the meeting was to dialogue with Fulani leaders and we have heard from them. If dialogue fails, we shall take necessary actions against them. We will take measures to dialogue with bandits to become better citizens. But if that fails, we will deal with them.
“We have talked together and they have agreed to work with us. They said those bandits in the bush are not all of Fulani extraction. So, they are ready to work with us to flush out the bandits in the bush,” the IGP said.
Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, on his part, said the IGP and his team met with leaders of the MACBAN as part of efforts to integrate them into President Muhammad Buhari’s plan for the country.
Speaking in the same vein, Minister of Interior, Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), said they were in Kebbi to meet the leaders of the association to ensure their full integration into the plans of Federal Government.National President of MACBAN, Alhaji Mohammed Kiruwu, said the meeting would serve as the foundation that would bring peace between herdsmen and farmers as well as promote unity among the Fulanis.