Some Fulani groups in Oyo State on Sunday appealed for the assistance of Governor Seyi Makinde and the Oyo State commissioner of Police, Nwachukwu Nwonwu, over alleged incessant killing of their members, as well as their cows.
The groups made the appeal in a statement jointly signed by Alhaji Saliu Kadri, JP; and Alhaji Ibrahim Saliu, and made available to journalists in Ibadan, the state capital.
Kadri is the National Chairman of Jamu Nati Fulbe Association of Nigeria and Seriki Fulani of Oyo State, while Saliu is the State Chairman, Miyetti Allah Kautel Hore Fulani Socio-Cultural Association.
Recall that the groups have bern raising alarm over alleged incessant killing of their members and cows.
The groups said no fewer than 10 of their members and several cows have been killed across the state in the last three months.
The statement reads in part, “In the past three months, over 10 of our members and many cows worth millions of naira have been killed in different parts of the state.
“We hereby use this opportunity to inform the governor, the Commissioner of Police and the general public of frequent and unprovoked killing of our members and cows across the state.”
While disclosing that the incident occurred in Saki, Ijio, Ogbomoso, Iresaadu, Iganna, Ado-Awaye and Igboora, they alleged farmers of putting poisonous substances on the grazing routes and rivers, thereby causing the death of the cows as well as their members, who drink from the rivers.
They added, “This is particularly necessary at this stage as there is a limit to human patience. We, as an association, have always been holding meetings to educate our members on the need to be law abiding.”
The groups further said they might not be able to restrain their members if the unprovoked killing continue unabated, noting that their members might see them as failing in their duty of presenting their plight to the government.
The groups said, “We hereby call on the government and progressive stakeholders in the state to come to our aid to prevent further killing of our members who are law abiding citizens.”