The police in Zamfara State has a given two-week ultimatum to Miyetti Allah to end banditry activities or face the wrath of the laws.
Police Commissioner, Usman Nagogo gave the ultimatum while addressing leaders of Miyetti Allah at J.B Yakubu secretariat Gusau on Monday.
According to Nagogo, the Fulani leaders have failed to honour the reconciliation accord signed by both the Fulani and farmers in the state, and called on them to give up their arms and embrace peace.
The Fulani leader, Sarkin Fulani Zamfara, however defended the Fulani, describing them as “peace loving people”.
According to him, the refusal of the farmers to vacate grazing lands was one of the factors that contributed to the current insecurity problems, stressing that, “This was the beginning of farmers-Fulani clash which led to reprisal attacks and finally metamorphosed into armed banditry”.
He stated however that, armed banditry could only be effectively controlled if the state government waded in and forced farmers to move out of grazing lands and allow herders to move freely with their cattle in the grazing areas.