APC, MACBAN In Talks To Educate Fulani Youths Over Banditry In Zamfara
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara State has requested the help of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to curb banditry activities in the state.
The party urged the association to inculcate the Fulani youths with moral teachings to enable them to live good lives and shun all criminal activities, Naija News reports.
Zamfara APC Chairman, Hon Tukur Umar Danfulani while receiving members of the MACBAN, led by Alhaji Ahmad Hussaini Matawallen Tudun-Wada, who paid him a courtesy visit at the State secretariat of the party yesterday, noted that the Fulani tribe has been painted in a bad light due to the incessant attacks on innocent people by some ‘uneducated’ tribesmen.
Danfulani believes giving sound education to the Fulani youths will help in ending banditry activities and as well redeem the image of the tribe.
He stressed that due to ignorance or by deliberate connotation, the Fulani community had been degraded, as everybody continue to brand them as bandits.
According to Danfulani, no tribe has no criminals among its communities, saying that the MACBAN leaders have the responsibility to sensitize their members to continue to display the good traits they are known for.
He called on those who engage in banditry activities to denounce their criminal ways and return to their legitimate endeavours.
“When this is done, those who see the Fulani people in a bad light will see the truth, while the Fulani youths will want to go to school, get educated and contribute meaningfully to societal growth,” he added.
Having applauded the Fulani leaders for the visit, the APC chairman assured that the party will continue to carry them along in all its activities.
Earlier, the leader of the MACBAN in the State, Alhaji Ahmad Hussaini Matawallen Tudun-Wada said they were at the party secretariat to express their loyalty to the Bello Matawalle-led administration.
Meanwhile, no fewer than two hundred bandits have been killed by security operatives in Niger State during a gun battle in two local government areas.
The Niger State Commissioner for Local Government Chieftaincy Affairs and Internal, Mr Emmanuel Bagna Umar disclosed on Wednesday during a chat with journalists in Minna, the state capital, Naija News reports.
He revealed that the bandits were killed by members of the Joint Security Taskforce in Rafi and Mariga Local Government Areas.
Specifically, the Commissioner pointed out that the bandits were killed in the Kundu axis of Rafi and Babanlaba axis of Mariga local governments and other parts of the state between Sunday and Wednesday.
The leaders of the bandits identified as Ali Kawajo, Yello Jan Bros, Kachalla Halilu, and Bello Tunji were also neutralized during the gun battle with the joint security task force.
Sixty motorcycles and rustled animals were also recovered with the Commissioner disclosing that some of the recovered cattle have been returned to their owners.
Unfortunately, two security operatives also lost their lives during the encounter.