The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Oyo State chapter, has asked for the inclusion of its members in the proposed Amotekun initiative in the state.
Alhaji Yaqub Bello, an ex-Chairman of MACBAN in the state, revealed this today during a public hearing on the Oyo State Security Network Agency Bill, 2020, also known as Amotekun bill.
According to him, he supports the Amotekun initiative and only those that hate the truth will be against such a move.
He added that including Myetti Allah as members of Operation Amotekun will improve the job of the security outfit since they are familiar with Oyo state and its surroundings.
His words, “Some of us have been in Oyo state for over 40 years, cohabiting with the natives, married Yoruba women and have children.
“So, our request is to include Myetti Allah as members of Operation Amotekun to enhance the job of the outfit, since we know the terrain of where we rear our cattle.
“Having Fulani among the outfit will make it easier for Amotekun men to distinguish between genuine herdsmen and the criminals while on patrol.
“A Fulani man can also serve as an interpreter while interrogating any suspected herdsman.”
Prof Oyelowo Oyewo, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner said this on Amotekun, “Others include collaboration with similar security agency, particularly in Ogun, Lagos, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti states to deter kidnapping, terrorism, cattle rustling, cultism, highway robbery and other offences, and also to assist the police in apprehending such criminals.
“It is also meant to protect lives and property within the state and ensure that people travelling on the highways, major roads, remote areas, hinterland, forest and inland waterways carry out their normal socio-economic activities without fear or hindrance.”