By Matthew Ajai-Kume
The Emir of Muri Emirate in Taraba State, Abbas Tafida has issued a 30 day ultimatum to herdsmen to vacate the forests in his emirate in particular and Taraba State in general.
The emir gave the ultimatum recently after Eid prayers while he stated that the herders have been terrorizing residents of the state.
He lamented that the herders who were received into the state, are now kidnapping, killing and raping his subjects.
“Our Fulani herdsmen in the forests, you came into this state and we accepted you, why then will you be coming to towns and villages to kidnap residents, even up to the extent of raping our women?” He asked.
“Because of this unending menace, every Fulani herdsman in this state has been given 30 days ultimatum to vacate the forests.The emir directed.
“We are tired of having sleepless nights and the hunger alone in the land is enormous and we will not allow it to continue,” the emir said.
Emir Abbas maintained that, residents of the state are predominantly farmers who have clashed with herders several times over destruction of crops.
It could be recalled that, the Taraba State House of Assembly, followed the footsteps of the Benue State House of Assembly and passed the Anti-Open Grazing Law just like that of Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law in Benue. However, unlike Benue’s which was assented to by Governor Samuel Ortom, his counterpart from Taraba State, Governor Darius Ishaku is yet to assent to the law.