Ibarapa clash: 46 of our vigilante members in police net – Miyetti Allah raises alarm

Oyo state Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Association on Monday alerted that no fewer than 46 vigilante members who are Fulani herders are now in police net in Oyo state .

The state Chairman of the Association, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar Jiji, raised the alarm in Ibadan while addressing journalists on the security situation in Ibarapa area of Oyo state

According to the Miyetti Allah Charman, the 46 vigilante members were arrested at Igangan by operatives of  the Oyo state Joint security outfit , Operation Burst while about to go and rescue a kidnapped person in the area on Saturday evening adding they belonged to the Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) who are securing people in Ibarapa land.

Alhaji Jiji who disclosed that the 46 arrested vigilante members are presently at the Eruwa Police  Area command, added that the vigilante members were earlier in the day schedule to join the Amotekun corps in combing some of the forests in Ibarapaland to flush out suspected criminals only for the  Amotekun corps to tactically drop the vigilante out of the planned exercise. 

“They invited us to a meeting in Ibadan where they told us that they needed our support to fight insecurity in Ibarapa area. We told them that we are going to give them 50 among our Vigilantes who are Fulanis. They have been doing the Vigilante job for a very long time, therefore they know how to arrest criminals. When the Amotekun were about to leave for the operation, we were still in Eruwa with some of our men who are Vigilantes when we heard they have attacked the village”, he said

Alhaji Jiji added, “The 46 Vigilante members that were arrested have been useful for the state for many years. All the 46 Vigilantes are not criminals, they are the people arresting criminals. Even those criminals arrested by our men are with police as we speak. Thief is thief and not Fulani. Tribe is different from criminality. We are ready to work with Oyo state government to stop criminality in the state.

“When those of us who are leaders stood up and went to the village. When we got there,we saw that three people have already been killed. When I saw the incident, I approached the commandant of Amotekun to know his view on the incident. I asked the leader of Amotekun why they didn’t wait for us, but he didn’t answer me. We called our men who are waiting for us in Eruwa to leave the venue of our meeting that they should return to their homes because Amotekun have done another thing. Our plan was not to kill anybody.”

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