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Kogi state to grant Fulani herdsmen indigene status

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Mudassir Ibrahim
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Following the directives by the Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, that all traditional rulers in the state grant Fulanis indigene status in their councils and communities, The Obadofin of Kabba, Michael Yusuf, has constituted a 13-man committee to be in charge of the implementation of the edict.

While inaugurating the committee in his palace, Mr Yusuf said the committee has in its possession forms to be given to the Chairman of Miyeti Allah, Ibrahim Sheidu, who would in turn give to his members for registration.

According to the monarch, the forms would help the community access all required information about the herdsmen and subsequently aid in naturalising them.

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He disclosed further that the committee’s responsibility is also to ensure peace between the community and the herdsmen when the need arises.

Mr Yusuf also stressed that the committee members are to meet fortnightly, and urged the herdsmen to always report to the committee whenever farmers offend them rather than resort to violence.

He noted that it is not in all cases that the Fulani’s are guilty but might have been provoked by the action of the farmers.

Members of the committee are: Paul Olurinjon (Chairman), Obatoke Oloruntoba (recording secretary), Aiyedun Joseph (Police Rep), Moses Amoo (DSS Rep), Ibrahim Sheidu (Miyeti Allah’s Head in Kabba).

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Other members are Bello Obahawo, Samuel Ojutalayo, Ayodele Okono, Ogedengbe Obatoweshe, Obapinwo Fadile, Arokoyo Bolaji, Abiodun Obafegbewo and Obamowe Olojo.

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