The Emir of Muri in Taraba State, Alhaji Abbas Njida Tafida, has revealed that the 30-day ultimatum issued to criminal herders to vacate the forests within the state or be forced out because of atrocities linked to them.
Tafida had on Tuesday during Eid prayers to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration issued a 30 days ultimatum to the herders to leave Taraba forest. The reason for doing so was based on information available to him, which indicates that the rising cases of kidnappings, killings, and attacks in the state were linked to the criminal herders occupying the forests.
Speaking during the prayer in the Hausa Language, the Emir charged the leadership of Fulani herders in the State to fish out the bad eggs among them for a peaceful society.
“Our Fulani herdsmen in the forests, you came into this state and we accepted you, why then will you be coming to towns and villages to kidnap people and rape our women?
“Because of this unending trend, every Fulani herdsman in the state, living in the forests have been given 30 days ultimatum to vacate the forests,” he said
The Emir who said the people in the state are tired of sleepless nights added that the hunger alone in the land is enormous.
“We will not allow this to continue.”
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