Fulani Herdsmen Have the Right to Reside in the Forests Without Seeking Permission from Any Governor — Bauchi State Governor
The Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, said Nigerians have the right to reside anywhere in the country without seeking permission from any governor.

The Punch reported that Mohammed made the statement on Friday, February 19, during his appearance on a programme on Channels TV.

He said the constitution does not require citizens to take the permission of his Ondo state counterpart, Rotimi Akeredolu, to live in the forests in the South-West state.

Mohammed said:

“Land is in the hands of the state and federal governments in trust but Nigerians don’t need the permission of governors or the federal government to settle everywhere.

''You don’t need the permission of the governor of Bauchi or the governor of Ondo to be in the forests of Ondo if you choose to live in the forests because under Section 41 of the constitution, you are free to settle anywhere.”

Meanwhile, the seeming mystery surrounding the actual identity of bandits who wreak havoc in many parts of the north is beginning to be unravelled.

The governor of Bauch state, Bala Mohammed, during an interview with Channels TV made it clear that not all criminals tagged as bandits are of Fulani origin.

Governor made a distinction between Nigerian Fulani northerners who have no connection with criminals and dangerous foreigners who are illegally residing in the country.

The Bauchi governor said most of the bandits persons are not Fulanis.