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 HERDSMEN WERE TURNED INTO BANDITS BY GOVERNORS – MIYETTI ALLAH

Miyetti Allah has said that State Governors turned Herdsmen into bandits in the North.

Spokesman of Miyetti Allah, Saleh Hassan, said pressure from Governors turned some herdsmen into bandits.

Hassan said herders, who lost their cattle and businesses, resorted to banditry in the North.

Across Nigeria, the crisis between herders and farmers have been a constant feature. Now it has turned into full blown banditry in some Northern parts of the country.

Banditry has ravaged states like States like Zamfara, Kebbi, Niger, Katsina and Kaduna States have witnessed the sting of bandits, with students being their major target recently as scores of them have been victims of kidnap .

Hassan said yesterday “The crisis of bandits in the north-west is because of some of the activities of the governors in the past.

“They put pressure on the herders. They lose their cattle. They have no business. Now, they have joined bandits. They are not spirits. They have reasons why they emerged as bandits.

“If you destroy grazing, you are going to create another problem. They destroyed their economy. They have no cattle and they got radicalized.

“Our members are peaceful herders. We have bandits; we have criminal elements in the forest. They are not necessarily herders.”

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