The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has warned safety companies and civilians towards attacking Malian herders grazing their cattle in Gudu and Tangaza Local Government Areas of Sokoto State.
The social media had been full of studies of the invasion of Gudu and Tangaza in Sokoto State by some bandits on Friday.
But the state police command had debunked the declare, saying the invaders weren’t bandits, however herdsmen from Mali “who reside in a forest in Niger Republic, sharing a border with Gudu and Tangaza Local Government Areas of the state.”
Speaking with our correspondent on Monday, the Secretary-General of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Mr Alhassan Saleh, stated the Malian herders’ presence within the nation was nothing to fret about, as they had been solely grazing their cattle, a convention he stated they’d been performing yearly for the previous 100 years.
“Those people are not bandits; they are covered by the ECOWAS Protocol on Trans Human Movement to move across borders to graze their cattle. They have been doing that for over 100 years. They come during the dry season and leave later,” he stated.
The stated protocol permits ECOWAS member nations’ residents to have the correct to enter, reside and set up within the territory of member nations.
Article three of the protocol, nonetheless, states that any ECOWAS citizen who needs to enter the territory of another member nation shall be required to own a legitimate journey doc and worldwide well being certificates.
Saleh stated the federal government and safety companies should sensitise Nigerians on the protocol in an effort to avert any hassle.
He stated, “It’s as a result of we’re so delicate these days that anytime we see a lot of cows, we panic. I blame the federal government and safety companies for this. They should enlighten the individuals on the ECOWAS Protocol for higher understanding.
“Those overseas herders usually are not bandits and I hope we won’t assault them after which invite hassle. Nobody ought to assault them.
“Ideally, the Customs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among other security agencies, should issue Trans Human Certificates to the foreign herders.”
Saleh stated the safety companies should have collected vital knowledge, such because the variety of herders coming into the nation; the variety of cattle they’re bringing into the nation; the well being of the cows in order to know which one is diseased; how lengthy the herders will keep right here with their cattle; and when they are going to go away in order that they are often tracked.
He stated, “We are purported to have cross-border safety in place and deploy cattle monitoring expertise. Unfortunately, the federal government will not be critical about livestock improvement on this nation.
“They would promise to ranch today and cattle colony tomorrow, but nothing is happening. Maybe they want to eradicate pastoralism and give the business to capitalists.”
The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police, Moshood Jimoh, had additionally on Saturday stated there have been no bandits in Sokoto State, however herders from Mali.
“They come to the same area annually from Mali to Nigerian border areas in search of water for their cattle,” he had stated.