Claims of Fulani Invasion Untrue – Obadofin of Kabba

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Obadofin of Kabba, Oba Michael Yusuf has debunked claims that strangers believed to be Fulani herdsmen are being ferried into his domain in large numbers.

The monarch made this known during the Kogi State security summit for stakeholders in Lokoja on Tuesday.

The Obadofin said he has been bombarded with messages of invasion of Fulanis in his domain that have turned out to be untrue.

He suggested the setting up of committees at the grassroots to resolve issues between farmers and herdsmen.

However, the Director General on Media and Publicity in the state, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo told a national daily that the Fulani who migrated recently to Kabba-Bunu did not come with the state government’s permission. Consequently, he said that security agencies are on top of the situation.
“Even before the cattle colony was mooted, the Kogi State government has embraced inclusiveness as a way of giving the Fulani a sense of belonging. Violence is always a product of insecurity in the first place. The Fulani have been living with us for decades. We are not saying that there are no criminals among them. Of course, every society has criminals. The best way to get the criminals among them is to use their leaders to expose them. The state government has always maintained robust communication with the leaders of the Fulanis in the state.
“Those who came to Kabba Bunu didn’t come with the permission of the state government. The letter they purportedly presented didn’t emanate from the state government nor the Federal Government. Security agencies are on top of the situation,” he said.

Residents in Kabba-Bunu local government raised alarm when they saw lorries ferrying Fulanis into their ancestral land. They sent in picture evidence of mass importation of Fulanis.

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