The Igbo youths group under the aegis of the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, (COSEYL) has urged the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali to apprehend the leader of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Abdulahi Bello Bodejo for his comment on open grazing during an interview.
During an interview, it was learnt that Bodejo had told his members to completely disregard the ban on open grazing which was placed by Southern Governors when they met in Asaba, Delta on May 16.
Reacting to the comment in a statement, the group’s President and Secretary General, Mr Goodluck Ibem and Kanice Igwe, stressed that the comment made by Bodejo could further incite violence which may lead to a breach of law, peace and order in the country.
The statement reads, “We call on the Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba to arrest him for fragrant disobedient of the law and inciting his members to cause mayhem and breach of peace in the Southern part of the country.”
“Bodejo must be out of his senses and he should be arrested, investigated and put inside a correctional facility for him to know that the law is no respecter of persons. In this 21st century, there is no where in the world were open grazing is practiced except in Nigeria. Bodejo has just exposed his primitive mentality and tendencies.”
The law is very clear that anyone who disobeys the law is a criminal. Bodejo should be behind bars for instructing his members to disobey the law of Southern states.
“In the said interview, Bodejo said that the Fulani herdsmen are free to graze on lands in southern states because according to him it belongs to no one and so every Fulani herdsmen should disregard the order of Southern governors on open grazing. What an insult on our constituted authority.”
“We warn him to watch his utterances before he plunges the country into a serious crises. Bodejo statements confirms that he is the one that has been financing and backing the murderous fulani herdsmen to kill, maim and kidnap people and collect ransom in the Southern states.”
“We warn all Fulani herdsmen in the South who are rearing their cattle via open grazing to immediately obey the orders by Southern governor’s and relocate from the Southern states . Anyone who disobeys the order will have the law to contain with. Enough said, ” Ibem warned.