In a fresh move to address killings in Zamfara State, the state’s Police Commissioner, Usman Nagoggo, has given a 2-week ultimatum to Fulani leaders in the state to reach out to the armed bandits for a seize fire.
Mr Nagogo gave the charge at a meeting with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN and Ardos from all the 14 local government areas where a new roadmap for peace was designed for the state.
The police commissioner also pointed out that his command had also reached out to the local vigilante group otherwise known as “Yan Sakai” and asked them to halt further unlawful executions of suspected armed bandits.
According to him, the government is very much committed to the peace process and the cease fire effort.
He added that all stakeholders would patiently and painstakingly review the process as the warring factions are brought on the table for the actualization of the peace pact.
In his response, the representative of MACBAN, Ahmad Mutawalle, linked the crises to the massive deforestation and seizure of grazing lands by some forces.
“Grazing lands should be re demarcated and traditional institutions should be respected in such a way that their good decisions are taken seriously by all and sundry,” he said.
Mr Mutawalle, therefore, announced the dissolution of leadership of MACBAN in the state, saying “the decision will pave way for more committed leaders to come so that the armed men in the forest will be reached out to as soon as possible.”
Also speaking, a Fulani leader who spoke with Daily Trust, Ardo Muhammadu Zurmi, said he and other Fulani leaders in the state would reach out to the bandits in an effort to bring back peace to the state.
He said since the state government is very much committed to peace this time around, peace would soon reign all over the state.
Mr Zurmi said the discrimination shown against Fulani was part of what had fuelled the crisis.
He, however, expressed hope that the carnage would soon come to an end adding that armed bandits themselves are tired of the crisis.