Fulani herders in Taraba State have promised to expose criminals among them.
The herders comprised Ardos and Fulani community leaders from 14 out of the 16 Local Government Areas of the state.
The herders met with Abbas Tafida, the Emir of Muri, on Monday, at his palace in Jalingo, the state capital.
The emir had last month, issued a 30-day ultimatum to herders in his domain to vacate the forests, over killings, kidnappings and rapping of his people.
But the herders at the meeting, disclosed that they took the decision, following a series of meetings held to review the challenges confronting them.
They were led by Sahabi Mahmud, chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the pledge made by the herders was contained in a communique issued after a stakeholders’ meeting.
“Those who repent would be documented, while those that refused to repent and stop kidnapping and other crimes would equally be handed over to security agents to face the appropriate laws of the land.
“We have agreed not to harbour criminals even if they are our biological children and we have sworn to an oath to expose their sponsors no matter their standing in the society”, the communiqué reads in part.
The herders added that it is important to restore their image damaged by the criminal activities of a few of them.
In his response, the emir lamented that the image of the Fulani is being endangered by criminal activities.
“As you know the Fulani have continued to be proud of the scholarship of leaders like Shehu Usman Danfodio and Sultan Muhammadu Bello who reformed and spread Islam and ensured justice for all in northern Nigeria but the integrity of the Fulani as moulded by these past leaders was fast fading away because of the activities of the criminal elements,” he said.
He commended the leadership of the Fulani for taking the step to fish out criminals among them, and directed that a list of those that repented and those that refused to repent be submitted to him.