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Killings: Politicians Sponsoring Killings For 2019 – Wole Soyinka |RN

By Cephas Iorhemen, MAKURDI

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As the killing of farmers in Benue and other states of their federation by suspected armed Fulani mercenaries continue unabated, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka yesterday implored there Federal Government to urgently seek for the assistance of the International Community to end the impunity perpetrated by herdsmen insurgents against the people.

Besides, he challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to give 48 hours notice to the various security apparatuses in the country to flush out the invaders illegally occupying the lands belonging to Benue people to enable Internally Displaced Persons to return to their ancestral homes.

Professor Soyinka who stated this during a courtesy call on Governor Ortom at the government house in Makurdi after the celebration of an indigenous literary work written by a second republic Senator, Suemo Chia, faulted President Muhammadu for his slow pace at addressing critical matters of security as it affects some states of the federation particularly Benue State where more than 492 people have been massacred in 18 out of 23 local government areas of the state.

“If the government cannot cope, it should not shy away from asking for international help. When human lives are concerned in their thousands and so on, as it was observed everywhere all over the world if these compliments will be returned and for those nations where our military has served before to come to our assistance”.

“I think there should be no business of national integrity, national pride and so on. People are dying so this government cannot cope. Please just ask for international help and I know they are ready and willing to come to our aid”.

“The critical moment, by the way, has been lost. The critical moment when this act of impunity, this rampage of impunity could have been stopped if the President of this nation had gone to the site of the first atrocity and said this would not be tolerated and I want this place sanitized by the military, it would not have had this succession of killings which have even been given from time to time religious overtones”.

He condemned the killing of the two Catholic Priests and 17 parishioners inside the place of worship, saying, it was an ethnic cleansing plot to occupy the people’s land and sponsored by “desperate politicians in order to create chaos ahead of the 2019 general elections and continue to perpetuate themselves in power and enjoy immunity.

“My feeling by the way about the recent killing of the Priests and the congregation is that it was a deliberate diversion. I think this is just a campaign of ethnic cleansing for the purpose of an occupation of land, that is one. Two, our feelings are that some really desperate politicians are sponsoring these mercenaries in order to create chaos in advance of the next election because they are desperate to stay in power and continue to enjoy immunity”.

He observed that if the country had right-thinking people around the corridors of power of the federal government, the killings rocking states wouldn’t have gone protracted the way it is, as those behind it would have since been identified and apprehended to confront justice.

“I think it’s time for all of us to come together and really probe this tumour and stop pretending that this is simply ringworm when we are actually dealing with cancer in this society”.

Governor Ortom in a response blamed the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore for the sustained attacks and killing of innocent people of the state and reiterated his call for their arrest and prosecution to put killing impasse to rest.

The governor said the killings in the state was purely an ethnic cleansing and a Jihadist agenda to confiscate the fertile land given to the people by God.

He said people of the state have no weapon to confront the armed Fulani herdsmen and would continue to ask for justice until the perpetrators are arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.

They (Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore leaders) said it clearly and it’s written and we have the documents and I have reported them to the security agencies. I am in agreement with you but as law-abiding citizens, we don’t even have cutlasses to fight back. We cannot use any weapon to fight back, we depend on the law enforcement agencies”.

Governor Ortom commended the federal government for the deployment of more troops for a military operation and expressed optimism that the gesture would bring to an end the killing and occupation of the people’s land. (New Telegraph)

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Miyetti Allah Angry As Police Arrest 54 Members Over Taraba Killings |RN

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Justin Tyopuusu, Jalingo

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria on Sunday said the arbitrary arrest and persecution of its members by the police and the Takum Council Chairman,  Shiban Tikari, was inimical to peace.

The North-East Zonal Chairman of the association,  Alhaji Mafindi Danburam, stated this at a press conference in Jalingo.

According to him, some Miyetti Allah members had on March 14, went to the Bantaje Cattle Market to sell their cows and while on their way back, 52 of them were arrested by the police under the alleged instructions of Tikari and were later transferred to the state police command in Jalingo.

“We have visited the command and demanded reasons for their arrest,  charges against them and the complainant statement which have not been made available to us,” he said.

The zonal chairman called on the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to intervene in the matter.

“We are really in the hands of elements of destruction who believe that a Fulani man has no right to live and enjoy his right as a citizen in Taraba State.

“Takum is now a no-go area for us. Our people are being killed, their animals maimed but nobody has been arrested for these crimes,” he said.

But when contacted, the Taraba State Commissioner of Police, Mr David Akinremi, said 54 persons were arrested following information the police received that there was a mass movement of people suspected to be the perpetrators of some violent attacks at Bawe, Panshen, Muji 1 and Muji 2 villages in the Takum Local Government Area.

He explained that his men acting on intelligence intercepted four vehicles loaded with herdsmen, adding that some natives alleged that the suspects had positioned themselves to attack the area.

Akinremi said he ordered his men to bring the suspects to the state command in Jalingo for interrogation to determine their innocence.

The commissioner said even though nothing incriminating was found on the suspects, the police had already conveyed 41 of them, who claimed to have cows domiciled in the area of Kashimbilla, for further investigation.

“About 41 of the suspects claimed they have cows at Kashimbilla. So,  we need to verify if there is any evidence that they took cows to Bantaje for sale. We may probably find out from the native and middlemen if they had performed any transaction with them.” (Punch)

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God’ll Ask Buhari If He Does’t Help Us – Miyetti Allah |The Republican News

By Biodun Oyeleye
 Buhari-Muhammadu

 

…says we won’t leave UNILORIN

Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Kwara State, Alhaji Usman Adamu, has expressed concern that President Muhammad Buhari is also not doing enough for the Fulani people despite being one of them. Besides, he urged the President not to forget the Fulani blood in his vein, warning that if he continues to neglect his people, God will ask him one day.

“I want Buhari not to forget that he too is Fulani; Fulani blood is in his vein and if he does not help us God will ask him”, he said. Adamu also wants the government to prevail on the authorities of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) not to evict members of the group from their current settlement on the school’s ground.

Adamu, who spoke with our reporter yesterday against the backdrop of the ultimatum given, last week by UNILORIN Vice Chancellor, Professor Sulyman Abdulkareem, for the herdsmen to vacate the university, also contended that they had settled on the land before the university came, hence it was impossibile for them to relocate.

The herdsmen had earlier appealed with the university management for time and pledged to come up with a response on the ultimatum by February 22, 2018. But when reminded about this yesterday, Adamu asked rhetorically, “where can we go?” “Even if they give us another settlement, we will accept but I don’t think it will work because we have a recent instance where the Emir of Lafiagi wrote a letter of commendation about one of our people who had stayed for over 20 years in his domain and wanted to relocate. When he got to Oke-Oyi the Yoruba people rejected him.

So, where are we going to stay that they will not chase us?” On May 11, 2017, 28 persons, comprising Fulani herdsmen, Yoruba and Hausa farmers, were dragged to an Ilorin Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly trespassing into the university land, destroying the school’s plantation and perpetrating other unauthorised activities on the university campus.

The accused persons were alleged to have resorted to poisoning the institution’s dam with chemicals, while also engaging in illegal felling of economic trees from which they made charcoal. AbdulKareem had at a special meeting last week told the Fulani settlers that “enough is enough”, stressing that the university could no longer condone the destructive activities of their grazing cattle on the university land, “as this is becoming too costly for the institution to bear”. According to the UNILORIN boss, “We have a multimillion naira programme that is currently at stake now because they (herders) have gone to the extent of uprooting tubers of cassava for their cattle to feed on. We cannot conduct any research or training on the farm again because each time we get to a point where their cattle can feed on it… they go back there and destroy it.

“We care about them but we cannot afford to keep them on our land again …if they want to continue to be our friend, they can live anywhere around us but they should realise that this is a sacred place”. But the Miyetti Allah leader claimed that the herdsmen responsible for the alleged poisoning of the dam and destruction of the institution’s research farms were not his members but belong to a group known as “Ga’Allah” which he claimed came from the troubled spots in Plateau State.

“I can swear by the Holy Quran that we have no problem with the university; none of our members has ever been arrested for any crime in the university and I’m proud of that. Our camp is about 20 kilometres from the university. In fact if you are with us you won’t know you are in the university. We are in a thick bush. We have a school, Gaa Usman Nomadic School, which is named after me, there. And even we have been here before the university; they came to meet us here.

That is the usual case of Fulani people in Nigeria; Fulanis are the first settlers in every country. “It is some Fulani at Bolunduro area who are members of Ga’Allah that have problem with the university. I cannot deny that some Fulanis have problem with the university but they are not our members because we have about nine of our boys working with the university as guards. We have no dam in our area and we don’t have many cows around here because we send them out of the country during dry season.

“The people in Bolorunduro are not in Miyetti Allah; they are under Ga’Allah. I had once written to the former Vice Chancellor to say we have nothing to do with those people. “Ga’Allah is an association they brought from Plateau and when they came I told the Department of State Security (DSS), the police, the Emir and the S.A Security that it is not a good association because they came from a place where there was trouble and they are not known unlike we that are known across Africa.” Asked the way out of the problem posed by the Ga’Allah group to the university, Adamu said, “government knows what to do”, reiterating that he had made personal interventions on the matter before now to no avail.

He said he had been coordinating activities of the Miyetti Allah Vigilante Group with support of the state government and Emir of Ilorin. He said the group had busted several high profile crimes such as a recent kidnapping of an oil dealer who lost N76 million to kidnappers in Kwara north and the arrest of armed invaders at Kaima. One of the ways out of the general clash between herdsmen and farmers, he suggested, would be for the state government to create an office of Special Assistant on Fulani Matters in each state and also release the Games Reserves across the country to herdsmen for use. He also wants government to build schools for them, saying Fulani people now want to be educated unlike in the past.

“We have these reserves across the country, from Bauchi to Ogun State, if government can release the reserves to us there won’t be problem between farmers and herdsmen again”, he said. But the Miyettti Allah leader lamented that government was taking Fulani people across Nigeria for granted and accused politicians of abandoning them after each election even when they had earlier romanced them for votes.

Police arrest rustlers with 233 cows

Meanwhile, the police in Kwara State have arrested a gang of kidnapers and cattle rustlers who went away from the state with over 233 cows. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Lawan Ado, who paraded the suspects before newsmen at the police headquarters in Ilorin also explained that the command had intensified operations in the northern axis of the state in view of increasing rate of criminality in the zone.

Ado while narrating how the cattle rustlers were arrested in Niger State where they had escaped to lamented that the command lost a man during an exchange of fire with the leader of the gang identified as Adamu Abacha. The police boss explained that the police from the Niger State Command were able to arrest the suspects after his command shared intelligence gathering about the movement of the suspects with the Mokwa Police Station in Niger State. Abacha, according to the police commissioner, after the clash with SARS operatives escaped to the bush, adding that while the operatives were combing the bush for him, they found his corpse in the bush and later recovered his AK 47 riffle buried in the ground.

Ado said 233 cows were recovered from the gang while six live ammunition were retrieved alongside the riffle recovered from their dead boss. He said six of the gang members who were arrested would be charged to court as soon as investigation is conducted. Ado also said that two people among the four suspected to have kidnapped a man, Hassan Taiye, in his mosque in Chikanda in Baruten Local Government Area of the state had been arrested. He said four men two of whom were in Army uniform kidnapped the victim and took him to an unknown destination after injuring his guard with a gunshot.

The police boss also added that his command successfully recovered10 motorcycles from a gang of armed robbers, who specialised in motorcycles theft in Ilorin. He said his men arrested two members of the gang after a pastor in the town reported the theft of his Bajaj motorcycle and disclosed that efforts were on to arrest the escaping members of the gang. (New Telegraph)

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2019 Election: Bauchi Miyetti Allah Endorses Buhari, Gov. Abubakar |RN

Paul Orude, Bauchi

The Miyetti Allah Kautl Hore, ‎the Fulani socio-cultural organisation, Bauchi State chaper, has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar for second term in the 2019 general election.

President Buhari and Governor Abubakar were endorsed at a meeting of
the organisation held at Zaranda ‎Hotel‎, in Bauchi.

In his remarks, the Bauchi State chairman of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Hon. Garba Saleh, said that they endorsed Buhari because he brought progress and peace in Nigeria.

A letter of endorsement of President Buhari was later given to Governor Mohammed Abubakar by the organisation for onward delivery to President Buhari.

Also speaking, the patron of Bauchi chapter of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bappa Aliyu Misau said that they endorsed President Buhari and Governor Abubakar because of their performance in the last two years despite challenges.

“Our association’s endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Mohammed Abubakar based on their good performances in
office,” he said.

Aliyu Misau dismissed allegations being levelled against the Fulani cattle breeders in the crises affecting some states in the country which he said were being fomented to blackmail president Muhammadu Buhari and his administration.

He said that the peace and security being enjoyed in areas that were hitherto having security challenges is one of the major achievements of the president.

“The fact that we can now enter our worship places of Mosques and Churches being bodily combed by any security trap is a testimony of security of lives and property which President Buhari assured Nigerians during his electioneering campaigns and an unprecedented
achievement ever by any leader,” Aliyu said.

Speaking, Governor Abubakar commended members of the Fulani Socio-cultural organisation for recognising the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s achievements as well as that of his administration in the state.

Abubakar accused some people of fomenting trouble and blaming only Fulanis for the current clashes between farmer and herders in various parts of the country.

He informed that a research sponsored by Bauchi state government is ongoing by a Chinese firm on special specie of grass that can grow even in deserts which will be grown so that the Fulani cows can graze.

The governor further added that the state government would also build earth dams and boreholes for the Fulani cattle breeders to water their cows.  (The Sun)

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Miyetti Allah Leaders Held Responsible For Benue Killings, Lawmaker Calls For Arrests

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Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

A lawmaker representing Katsina-Ala, Ukum and Logo Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Emmanuel Udende, has condemned in strong terms the wanton killing of over 73 people by Fulani herdsmen in parts of his constituency Logo and Guma in Benue State, even as he accused leaders of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore (MAKH) of masterminding the attacks, calling for their arrest and prosecution.

The Federal lawmaker described the unprovoked attacks on his constituents as barbaric and wicked, stressing that the aim for the invasion was to dislodge the farming communities from their homes during the time of harvest.

He recounted how MAKH, a splinter body of cattle breeders in the country, had issued threats to invade the state if the state implements the anti-open grazing law, which sought to bring to an end to incessant cases of herders/farmers clashes.

Udende noted that the recent violence against the people was a clear manifestation of the earlier threat by the body to mobilize against the implementation of the law in the state. He called on security agencies to immediately arrest leaders of the group.

In a press statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media, Jerry Iorngaem, and  made available to journalists in Makurdi, the lawmaker expressed disappointment with the Federal Government in the manner it has handled the crisis, questioning why the Inspector General of Police would describe the invasion as a communal clash when it is obvious that the herdsmen carried out the attacks without any reprisal attack from the farmers.

Udende, who is Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Police Affairs, stated that the Benue State Government and other stakeholders had earlier drawn the attention of security agencies and the Federal Government to the impending herdsmen attack, but no serious security measures were put in place to protect the people – a negligence which finally resulted to the recent attacks

While sympathizing with the families of those that were massacred in the attacks, as well as those who were injured and the displaced, Udende charged them to remain calm as the Benue state government, in collaboration with stakeholders in the state, were doing everything humanly possible with the view to protecting them from further attacks and to also ensure justice for victims of this act of cruelty.

He expressed his total support and that of his constituents to the continued implementation of the anti-open grazing law in the State, stating that it remained the best global practice in the business of cattle rearing and must be encouraged

The lawmaker charged President Muhamadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, direct security agencies to rise up to their responsibility of securing the lives of Benue people. (The Sun)

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Anti-Open Grazing Law: We Were Not Consulted, Says Miyetti Allah |RN

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…Says Gov. Ortom paid N6m for fake Fulani support

From: Fred Ezeh, Abuja

Fulani socio-cultural organisation, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has said they were never consulted or their opinions included in the Anti-Open Grazing law that became operational in Benue State since November 1st, 2017.

That, according to observers, might be the justification for the recent attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen on local communities in three local governments in Benue State, an allegations which the spokesman of the organisation, Alhaji Yusuf Ardo, denied.

But the Secretary General of the organisation, Engr. Saleh Alhassan, who appeared on Channels TV morning programme, Sunrise Daily, insisted that the Fulani were not responsible for the attacks that led to the death of over 70 people in the state.

Spokesman for the organisation, Alhaji Yusuf Ardo,  in a statement, few days ago, indicated that the killings were carried out by “irresponsible elements” and not Fulani herdsmen as being projected in the media.

According to Alhassan, “We are peace loving people and that informed our choice of court of law to seek justice and pronouncement that will halt the implementation of anti-open grazing law in the state.

“While the litigation was ongoing, we wrote and called the attention of all state and non state actors, to prevail on the governor to stop the implementation of the law, but nothing happened.”

Alhassan said it was unfortunate that some people pretending to be Fulani have misled the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, with fake promise to secure the support of Fulani pastoralists for the anti-open grazing law which, obviously, is in total violation of their culture.

He continued,  “For instance, the governor kept mentioning Garus Gololo. He belongs to Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder Association, which is an organization that is open to all that rare cattle and not Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore which is the socio-cultural organization of the Fulani people.

“We equally have it in good authority that the cattle breeders collected N6 million from the governor and assured him of the full support and collaboration of the Fulani people to the success of the law.”

He, however, suggested a strategic national policy that would address herdsmen related issues. “It is unfair that government at all levels tried as much they could to subsidized agriculture and they forgot that cattle rearing is part of agriculture.”

He also suggested a composition of judicial panel of inquiry that would consist of credible, apolitical and impartial members who would thoroughly investigate and unravel the people behind the “senseless” killings.   (The Sun)

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Anti-Grazing Law Is A Time Bomb – Miyetti Allah |The Republican News

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From: Noah Ebije, Kaduna

The Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, North west zone, on Monday, rose from a meeting in Kaduna State to declare that anti-grazing law was a time bomb.

According to the association, the law was an attempt to destroy herders’ means of livelihood.

National President of the association, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, and the National Secretary, Sale Alhassan, who jointly addressed newsmen, said the anti-grazing law was not in the best interest of peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.

They said the need to urgently address the issue could not be over-emphasised.

To this end, the leadership of the association has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to provide security for Fulani herdsmen particularly those in Benue and Taraba states that are currently facing all forms of threat.

“The grazing law agenda is destroying herders means of livelihood and we are appealing for immediate intervention to safe the Fulani pastoralist from the total destruction of their means of livelihood by current trends from some state governors enacting segregational anti-grazing law which targets primarily at the economic livelihood of the herders”.

The President however debunked insinuations that there are plans by the herders to attack Benue communities, stressing that Fulanis are peaceful and law abiding citizens who will not do anything that will truncate peaceful coexistence.

According to the national leaders “At the end of the north west meeting, after series of deliberations, we are completely opposed to the anti grazing law, and we are worried on the possible crisis that may emerge if such laws are allowed to take effect.

“It is a negative law because it attempts to expel Fulani herdsmen from their grazing areas for ages, besides, that of Benue anti grazing law, no herder were involved during the cause of its preparation to get their input. To us, ensuring security of citizens should be the priority of governance, but this anti grazing law is nothing but a time bomb if not addressed with wisdom.

“It is a national challenge that requires a National interventions by well meaning government, because it is capable of creating serious conflicts on the land resources, hence developing a policy of sustainable management of land resources is of essence.

“We have continued to appeal to our members to be law abiding and I want to say categorically that the rumours that Fulani herdsmen are planning to attack communities in Benue State is not true and must be ignored by well meaning Nigerians.

” We will continue to support Federal government policies on crop and animal farming, particularly on the agro rangers which is aimed at providing security for all categories of farmers.

” We are therefore appealing on the IGP Ibrahim Idris to provide security for Fulani herdsmen against all forms of threat occasioned by the anti grazing law to avoid emerging conflicts” the association leadership said.   (The Sun)

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