Seven to Eight Kidnappers Arrested Are Fulanis – Sultan of Sokoto

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Seven to Eight Kidnappers Arrested Are Fulanis – Sultan of Sokoto
Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

The Sultan of Sokoto, HRH Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said that though seven to eight kidnappers arrested in Nigeria are Fulani, but that doesn’t mean every Fulani is a criminal.

He stated this on Friday at a meeting of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association (MACBAN), The Nation reports.

He said that it was unfounded to label all Fulani criminals because of the acts perpetrated by a few of them.

He said, “I am a Fulani, and I am not a bad man. I am also not a criminal. Those engaged in one forms of crimes or another are across the country. It is not proper to refer to any tribe to describe individuals’ crime.

“For example, when they collected N10m, where and how do you spend this amount in the bush? The money is back in the city. I have told the Inspector General of police to check this; we are not saying Fulanis are not part of the kidnappings as mentioned by the Secretary of Miyetti Allah, seven to eight kidnappers arrested are Fulanis, but that doesn’t mean every Fulani is a criminal, no they are not.

“We must put hands together to bring an end to this problem. We are going to approach the President to talk to our West African neighbours where we have Fulanis like Senegal, Niger Republic Guinea and Mali, to help us because most of these bandit cross from neighbouring countries conduct their criminal act and run back.”

The stakeholders meeting comes in the wake of tensions, especially across the South-West states which many have attributed to criminal Fulani herdsmen.

This post was written by Obiajulu Joel Nwolu.

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