…shut down Ministry of Justice headquarters
Our Mumu Don Do Movement, and several other Civil Society Organisations yesterday shut down the Ministry of Justice Headquarters in Abuja, accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of giving protection to the killer herdsmen.
The groups also demanded that the killer herdsmen should be designated as terrorist organizations. The groups alleged that Buhari’s government that claims to stand for justice was swift to proscribe the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but has continued to treat the killer herdsmen that have reportedly killed over 900 innocent lives as kings.
Speaking on behalf of the groups, Charles Oputa, also known as Charly Boy stated that Buhari needed to purge himself of the ethnic and religious sentiments that characterised his government and show that he wants to restore the dignity of democracy in Nigeria.
Oputa noted that while the government quickly designated IPOB as a terrorist organisation, the same government is providing protection to dangerously armed herdsmen, who have taken advantage of the government’s silence and collusion to continue with their bloodletting Campaigns across the country.
Another leader of the groups, Nwazuruahu Shield, said that herdsmen’s violent activities were enough to have earned them the terrorist tag, but because of the interest of those in authorities, they were getting away with their crimes. According to the letter of demand the group submitted to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, they demanded that the same provision of the Terrorism Prevention Act, which was invoked against IPOB should apply to the killer herdsmen.
The group emphasized that the prescription of the herdsmen and their designation as a terrorist group would allow international military actions against them, and the Federal Government would also have a greater advantage to deal with the security lapses been caused by the herdsmen.
The letter in part, read: “We consider the recent decision of the Federal Government that all animal farmers must ranch their cattle and livestock for better productivity was a significant step, but one that is not sufficient alone to stop the killings and destructions because the country is already under the invasion of killer herdsmen, who have penetrated every part and are in vast possessions of dangerous weapons with covert line of funding.” (New Telegraph)