The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has condemned the alleged killing of suspected leader of a Fulani bandits, Mohammed Isa, by the Eastern Security Network (ESN) after he was apprehended in Benue State.
The Secretary-General of the group, Saleh Al-Hassan, questioned the authority of IPOB to carry out such an act, denying that the said ‘Bandit’ is a member of the association.
“To even think that IPOB or ESN has killed somebody, either bandits or no bandits, are they lawful security agents? Who are they? Can’t they go and kill ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ (internet fraudsters) boys? Can’t they go and kill drug pushers that are destroying our image? You see, we must not be encouraging lawlessness because if we encourage lawlessness, I’m telling you this country is gone.”
“See, every tribe is trying to raise a militia like that but is that what we want. There is a way we should help this country to get over its problems by giving stories that create unity and progress. If they killed him, are they keeping the corpse? They should give the corpse, at least, to the police now. Do they carry tags on their heads that I am a bandit?”
“You see, all these things – lawlessness – that is given credibility is sad. It is not good for the country. I’m telling you; you see, I pity those people promoting that kind of statement because at the end of the day if there is a crisis, do you think anybody will benefit? We have Igbos in every nook and cranny of this country. So, it’s not good. We are trying to promote peace. You see, they keep on lumping things together. I think this is political, you people should investigate this.”
“If the crude people are killing themselves in the villages, we the elite should help them because it is our responsibility to give them leadership.”