Abuja - The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), a Fulani group, dismissed reports members of the Boko Haram sect abducted 30 Fulani women.
Speaking to journalists in Maiduguri on Friday Chairman of MACBAN in Borno State, Alhaji Amadu Musa, said the reported abductions were false.
“We need to tell the world that there is nothing like that; all our women and girls are intact. It takes us this long to respond because we made series of consultation to avoid issuing conflicting statements that will generate tension,” he said.
“Though our people are nomads who frequently move in search of pasture, I have representatives in all the 27 local government areas of Borno State. We have Lamido’s and Ardo’s in all localities.
"We took time to consult all of them and there was no reported incident of abduction. I believe the whole furor is the creation of some people. Specifically, our representatives in all towns and villages near Chibok met on Thursday at Askira Uba and none of the officials had any incident of abduction in his domain.
"We equally crosschecked with our people coming back with their cows and families to the extreme northern part of Nigeria from southern part of the country and confirmed that all are well,” the Fulani leader said.
International media reported earlier this week that the Fulani women were abducted near Chibok, the place where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted in April.
The same foreign media has subsequently reported that the terrorist group demanded 20 cows as ransom for each of the abducted women.
– CAJ News