We are not behind Falae’s abduction – Fulanis

The Fulanis in the Southwest region of Nigeria have dissociated themselves from the kidnap of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Olu Falae last month.

The herdsmen under the aegis of the Association of the Southwest Nigeria and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) at a news conference in Lagos on Sunday challenged the nation’s security agencies to fish out the culprits and prosecute them accordingly.

Falae was abducted from his farm located in the outskirts of Akure, Ondo state capital last month. He spent four days in the kidnappers’ custody before his release. He had alleged that his abductors were Fulani herdsmen.

The Yoruba social cultural group, Afenifere had subsequently called for the ban of herdsmen from the South west region.

The leader of MACBAN from Ondo state, Alhaji Bello Garuba while responding to Newsmen inquiry on the kidnapping saga said his members in the state were not responsible for the incident, noting that herdsmen in the area had never been involved in criminal activities.

Garuba who spoke through an interpreter said, the claim that the Fulanis were responsible for the kidnapping came as a surprise to them adding “and we are challenging the security people to go after those who carried out the kidnapping. We are not responsible for it.”

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“Much as we, as a group condemn in its entirety, the criminal act of kidnapping of anybody or individual for ransom, there is need for us to be cautious in taking rash decisions and making unwarranted statements that could cause socio-cultural or socio-political disorder in our country Nigeria at this very critical period.

“Such calls (banning of cattle rearing or movement in Southwest Nigeria) is not in the best interest of anybody be it Yoruba, Fulani or any tribe whatsoever and as such, we must be seen to be equal partners in this project Nigeria,” it said.

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14 Comments

  1. This is reminiscent of the days of ‘unknown soldiers’ We now have ‘unknown fulani herdsmen’ Baba Falae,over to you….

  2. I never know the Nigeria constitution also allows for freedom of moment of livestock, LOL! But in the real sense of the matter, Fulani herdsmen can not take on that type of a well coordinated and targeted attack to baba Falae and on his birthday for that matter, if baba can confirm that ransom was paid, he should please clear the air about the fulanis, at least the kidnappers spoke to baba and negotiate ransom with the family which the police claimed they were not aware or involved, can those involved say something about the language spoken by the kidnappers? At least we have heard Baba obasanjo, Uncle Jonathan and wife, Gowon and President Buhari speak English, pidgin or their local dialect, I bet baba can identify the kidnappers by their language, tone, intonations and even the smell of their body. If they had found a dead body of one of babas worker matcheted to death in the farm, I would have bet it’s the fulanis, the eye witness should even try and help, the said the assailant were not masked except one person, I believe one can identify a Fulani man even in the dark.

  3. Up till now, i do not know why Baba Falae had refused to speak up on the identity of those who kidnapped him. The earlier he speaks up the better.
    I think FG need to look at module of operandi of how cattle are rear in the nation, it need a holistic approach now.

  4. If the Fulani did not ‘adultnap’ the old man, who did? It’s either the baba and his people told a lie that the fulani did it or someone is lying for the cattle rearers so as to protect them….in any case, why would the cattle rearers want a free grazing field, the meat wey dem dey rear dem dey give am out for dash?

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