The Nasarawa State Chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) says it has adopted traditional method of “oath taking” to tackle cattle rustling, armed robbery and other criminal acts among its members.
The Chairman of the association, Mohammed Hussaini, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia on Tuesday.
“We adopted a traditional method to control cattle rustling, armed robbery and kidnapping involving members whereby all Herdsmen in every community are made to take an oath by eating kola nuts after chanting some incantations, and the method is yielding positive results.
“Cattle rustlers, armed robbers and kidnappers do not fear God, so begging them to stop their evil acts because of God would amount to waste of time and efforts, hence the adoption of oath taking.
“We have traditionalists that specialise in administering the oath to members as a way of controlling social vices and criminalities and the nemesis for violators is almost immediate,” Mr. Hussaini said.
He said the initiative would complement the efforts of conventional security agencies at tackling security challenges involving the union’s members.
The chairman said many members of the association who belonged to criminal gangs and perpetrated various crimes had repented and denounced their membership of such syndicates.
He said the association would not shield criminal elements and promised to expose anyone caught or discovered to be involved in any criminality to the law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Hussaini, however, appealed to governments at all levels and well-meaning individuals to assist herdsmen whose cows were rustled or killed as a result of clashes with farmers in the state. (NAN)