Thousands of Fulani youth have on Friday blocked Lere – Gingiri road in Tafawa Balewa of Bauchi State, a route linking Bauchi and Plateau States, to protest over the gruesome murder of three members allegedly killed by an armed vigilante group also called ‘No Bail’.
The protest on the route halted vehicular movement for over six hours resulting in fierce tension in the area.
Isa Musa Jaafar, a father of 4 and two others were on Saturday 23 July 2022 by the armed group in Langai village of Mangu Local government Area of Plateau State and reportedly moved to Lere in Tafawa Balewa Local Government of Bauchi State.
According to the furious youth, the deceased were innocently hand-picked and murdered without investigation while other non-Fulanis detained were since released unhurt.
Youth leader, Mangu Local Government Sa’idu Shuaibu Jauro decried the jungle justice adopted by the suspected group on the innocent members, insisting that they will resist the provocative move to extinct the Fulanis without due process.
He also said that the armed group allegedly sponsored by Bauchi State Government carted away not less than N140,000, three motorcycles, and goods in a shop as well as destroyed many valuables in one of the deceased’s houses.
He added that “these (deceased) were people we grew up with them and we have never heard or seen anything unlawful with them.
We always support security agents to deal with criminals from wherever they can be found even from our families. But this is too far from justice and peace searching, we can’t accept that”, he vowed.
Mohammad Nura Abdullahi, Chairman of Miyetti Allah, a Fulani socio-cultural group, while addressing the crowd, preached peace however vowed that Miyetti Allah will resist what he described as sponsored terrorism planned to exterminate the Fulani race on earth unjustly, “and we want you to disseminate the same to Bauchi State Governor”.
Nura maintained that the group supports any legitimate authority to enforce law and order to ensure restoration of peace and security across the areas, but on no account shall it be to the detriment of a selected tribe.
Divisional Police Officer in charge of Tafawa Balewa Local government, Iliya, Commanding Officer in charge of Gembos axis in Plateau State as well as Fulani leaders urged the youth to be law-abiding citizens, promising that all things will be done to ensure justice is done.