The reported abduction of 30 Fulani women by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect was all lie, the Borno State chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) said Friday.
The federal government also yesterday deplored the carriage of rumours that scare the populace, adding that there was no iota of truth in the information making the rounds that some women were abducted was false.
It would be recalled that an international news media had during the week, reported that 30 Fulani women were abducted near Chibok, a report which was culled by some local media.
The same foreign media has subsequently reported that the terrorist group demanded 20 cows for each of the abducted women.
But in an interview with journalists in Maiduguri, Chairman of MACBAN in Borno State, Alhaji Amadu Musa said the reported abduction of over 30 Fulani women was not true.
“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.
“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 furore 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 chairman said.