Bandits, vigilantes both terrorists – Fulani group



A Fulani group, Kulen Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria (KACRAN), has called on the relevant authorities to bring to an end activities of both armed bandits and vigilantes.


KACRAN’S National President, Khalil Mohammed Bello made the call in a statement made available  in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, on Monday.


He alleged that vigilantes are the ones fueling and adding salt to injury, as far as the development of banditry activities in the Northwest region is concerned.


“Because, they are the people who are killing innocent herders in the name of taking revenge against any attacks that were said to have been carried out in their villages by bandits,” he said.


On armed banditry, according to Bello, KACRAN sees no reason why people will arm themselves for whatever reason in the name of defending their people, since it is not a stateless society.


He, therefore, raised concerned that, “armed banditry is more dangerous to their people and other law abiding Nigerians, than being good or helpful to them, because in the process of taken revenge against the wrongful/unlawful activities of vigilantes meted against their people, they always end up in attacking and killing innocent people in their villages, towns or cities or on the highways.


“We of KACRAN consider all forms of banditry as a crime against humanity which must be stopped and squarely dealt with its perpetrators, because we see no reason, one will attack travellers, farms lands, villages, or cities in the name of revenging, and brutally killing innocent people including the old, female, children and destroying their produce or property.


“We consider this as a barbaric act that will not be allowed to continue or allow its perpetrators to go scot free without facing the wrath of law which provides harsh punishment against its offenders.


“KACRAN is on the strong opinion that, all bandits and vigilantes are the product of the same process, that is terrorism”.


As Nigeria’s enemies of peace as he claimed, the activities of both vigilantes and bandits must be brought to an end by relevant government agencies for peace to reign in the troubled Northwest.


“Against all, we of Kulen Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria, (KACRAN), reject vigilantism and banditry of all sort for the fact that, we strongly believe, if people are allowed barbarically use arms in the name of self defense, the entire country will be doomed or plunged into lawlessness and anarchism, whereby killing, kidnapping, attacking and other vices will be the order of the day”, he said.


Khalil Mohammed Bello, on behalf of the Association, called on federal and state governments to emulate the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who in his wisdom totally banned vigilantes in his state to prevent reprisal attacks.

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