*Fulani allege harassment, intimidation, say 10,000 members have fled state
By: UMAR FARUK, Gusau
Following a two weeks ultimatum issued to the bandits to surrender or face fire from joint security operation, the Fulani herdsmen have cried out over alleged intimidation, harassment and blackmail from the government.
Speaking at a peace reconciliation meeting between police commissioner and leaders of Fulani herdsmen held on Monday, at JB Yakubu Secretariat in Gusau, CP Barr. Usman Nagwaggo warned bandits to surrender their arms as it was done by the members of the vigilante group.
CP Nagogo maintained that his efforts for peace to reign would continue until it yields fruits in the state.
” I will continue to ensure that all aggrieved factions have come together for peace to reign, no retreat no surrender on my mission for peace reconciliation with bandits”, he added.
He reiterated that, security agents would abide by all agreements reached between bandits,vigilante group members and the security for peace to stay in zamfara and its neighborhood.
Earlier, leaders of Fulani herdsmen in the state decried harassment, intimidation and killings of their members in the markets.
The leaders however revealed that over 10,000 Fulani’s have fled the state for security reasons.
They lamented that, banditry was not restricted to the Fulani herdsmen, but among every tribe there may be those engaged themselves in the banditry activities.