Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has warned its members in Nasarawa State against deliberate encroachment on farmlands, stating it was ready to expose bad elements.
State chairman of the association, Mohammed Husaini, made this comment during a meeting with members on Saturday in Keana Local Government Area.
The meeting had in attendance herders from Keana, Obi and Awe LGAs. Chairman of Keana LGA, Abu Giza, and the representatives of the Army, Police, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NCSDC), among others, were also at the meeting.
Husaini said the leaders would expose the bad elements among them to the security agencies for immediate prosecution.
He said that the association would not continue to fold its arms to allow some unpatriotic members to undermine the current peace in the state through their illegal activities.
“We will set up monitoring committee to monitor the activities of our members and report the bad elements to us for onward report to the security agencies.
“We will also confiscate the cows of anyone caught destroying farmland deliberately to serve as deterrent to others,” he said.
The chairman added that the leadership was conducting an investigation to fish out members that recently attacked and amputated the hands of a farmer in Keana.
“The perpetrators of the crime will never go unpunished, as we will get them and make them face the full wrath of the law,” he said.
Hussaini noted that, just like the herders, farmers were also earning their livelihood through their farms, saying that there was no justification for any herder to destroy crops.
Mr Ubi Haruna, Benue State Chairman of Miyette Allah, who was also at the meeting, commended the government of Benue State for showing understanding with the Fulani people in the state.
He also said the association would expose herders who either destroyed crops or killed anybody to the security agencies for prosecution.