Alhaji Abbas Njida Tafida, the Emir of Muri in Taraba State, has said that the 30-day ultimatum he issued to criminal herders to vacate or be forced out of the state’s forests became necessary after atrocities linked to them.
Tafida gave the herders a 30-day ultimatum to leave Taraba Forest during Eid prayers on Tuesday to mark this year’s Eid-el-kabir celebration.
According to him, information at his disposal indicated that the state’s rising cases of kidnappings, killings, and attacks were linked to the criminal herders who occupy the forests.
In a speech delivered in Hausa, the Emir urged the State’s Fulani herders to root out the bad apples in order to create 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.
“We are tired of having sleepless nights and the hunger alone in the land is enormous and we will not allow this to continue,” he said.
By Olutayo Olusanya