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Fulani group to help in rescuing kidnapped Yauri students

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Fulani Association in Kebbi State has expressed readiness to join security agencies in fighting the ongoing security challenges in the state, especially in rescuing the 58 students of Federal Government College, Yauri.

Director-general of the association, Bello Gotomo, gave the assurance yesterday when the Fulani forum from the 21 local councils of the state visited over the recent attack by bandits in Yauri. He said his association was totally against the bandits, promising to support the government to rescue the remaining students.

“We represent all the Fulani from the 21 local councils. We are here on solidarity visit and we commend the state government for its readiness and quick response on the rescue of the pupils. We have gathered here in solidarity with Governor Bagudu and to announce our willingness to join the war to rescue the school children.

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“We are against banditry in totality; no matter who is involved, they are our enemies too. We are ready to support the security forces to crush them in the bush,” he said.

Dissociating himself and his members from criminality, Gotomo placed a curse on any Fulani, who aided in any form of banditry across the country.

The bandits, he added, were making life more unbearable for Fulani pastoralists, who had been victims of cattle rustling, and farmers who could not go to their farms for fear of being kidnapped or killed.

He assured President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abubakar Bagudu of the association’s resolve to complement the effort of security agencies in subduing the bandits in the field.

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Gotomo prayed God for an end to banditry in the country and the safe return of all kidnap victims to their families. Chairman of Fulani leaders in the state, Attahiru Kaoje, while sympathising with the governor over the abduction of the children, declared support for the security agents towards bringing an end to banditry.

On his part, secretary of the Fulani leaders, Abubakar Ardo, who spoke on behalf of Ardos (Fulani elders), assured the governor of their unrelenting commitment towards rescuing the pupils.

Responding, Bagudu commended communities and groups in Kebbi for their solidarity in the face of attacks by bandits. The governor, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Security Matters, Maj. Garba Kamba (rtd.), made the commendation when the Fulani leaders visited him at the Government House, Birnin Kebbi.

He described their visit as a morale booster, as efforts were being intensified to rid the state of bandits, and reiterated his resolve to personally lead the way in the war against bandits.

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