Fulani cattle rearers in Ibarapa area of Oyo State, on the platform of Jamu Nati Fulbe Association of Nigeria, have threatened to close down all Kara Markets (cattle markets) in the area over the disappearance of about 500 cows from their herds.
The group said all complaints lodged by its members over the disappearance of their animals have fallen on deaf ears. According to the National Chairman of the Fulani socio-cultural organization, Alhaji Saliu Kadir, who spoke with newsmen in Ibadan on Sunday the 12th of February 2017, the first step to compel the stakeholders to pay attention to them is for all cattle markets in the area to be shut down. He added the action was intended to protest the alleged continuous killing of their cattle by unknown farmers in the area. Kadir warned that the markets’ closure would persist for one week in the interim and warned that it would be extended if they failed to get the authorities’ assurance of protection from the people responsible for killing their cattle indiscriminately.
He further pointed out that although the issue had been reported to Oyo State Government and the state Police Command, they were yet to meet with them (herdsmen) to discuss ways and means of preventing further occurrence of the incidents and to forestall further crisis.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Sam Adegbuyi, has set up a monitoring committee comprising representatives of the farmers and the herdsmen in the area to unravel the mystery behind the missing 500 cows. The complaints of Jamu Nati Fulbe group coincides with the alarm raised by another Fulani group in Iseyin town, who also alleged that 25 of their cattle have been killed. A peace meeting was summoned by Adegbuyi between the herdsmen and farmers at the command headquarters, Eleiyele, where he directed the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, CIID, to commence investigation into the incident.