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Boko Haram: 'Reported Abduction Of 30 Fulani Women False, Says Cattle Breeders Association

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA, June 13, (THEWILL) - The Borno State chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) said on Friday that there was no truth whatsoever in the recently reported Boko Haram abduction of 30 Fulani women near Chibok in Borno State.

A foreign news service had reported the abduction last week and was to follow it up few days ago by another report that the insurgents had demanded 20 cows as ransom for each of the abducted women.

But refuting the stories of the two reports in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on Friday, Chairman of the state chapter of MACBAN , Alhaji Amadu Musa, said there was no truth in the reported abduction

'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 cross-checked 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 MACBAN chairman said.