The Pan-Yoruba Socio-political organization, Afenifere, has asked the Presidency to publish the names of criminal herdsmen being prosecuted anywhere in the country.
Recall that the Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, during an interview on Monday, said that the federal government is prosecuting many criminal herdsmen across the nation.
Shehu also urged the police to release the names of all those criminal herders being prosecuted particularly in Benue State.
“The fact now is having spoken against it, it follows that all security agencies must take their line of action from the president’s remark and do that which is necessary which is to stop the escalation of the violent attacks being witnessed in some parts of the country and ensure that it does not go beyond where it has been recorded.”
“I hope the headquarters of the police will take responsibility and publish the full list of Fulani herders who are undergoing trials in various states, particularly in Benue State.
“Trials are going on, convictions have been made and the president cannot be complicit. It is very uncharitable. The president cannot be complicit in the kinds of things being said of him,” he had said.
Reacting, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, accused the Presidency of lying to Nigerians about prosecuting criminal herdsmen.
Odumakin also berated the presidential aide for declaring that criminal herdsmen were being tried and convicted across Nigeria.
He said: “The Presidency is completely out of this world. Where and when are these criminal herders being tried and convicted?
“Why would they be coming up with lies? I challenge both Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu to publish the names of the criminal herders that are being tried anywhere in Nigeria.”
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