Breaking: Fulani mass-killings, Benue Govt. sues Miyetti Allah over killings in Benue State–Reports New Yorkk[RR]Markurdi–The Benue State government has sued the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore amid the repeated killings of innocent citizens in the state. According to the state governor, Samuel Ortom, who revealed this on Monday, the government dragged the group before the […]
Breaking: Fulani mass-killings, Benue Govt. sues Miyetti Allah over killings in Benue State–Reports
New Yorkk[RR]Markurdi–The Benue State government has sued the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore amid the repeated killings of innocent citizens in the state.
According to the state governor, Samuel Ortom, who revealed this on Monday, the government dragged the group before the State High Court, Markurdi, on the allegations of murder and widespread violence across 14 out of the 23 local councils of the state.
Governor Ortom disclosed this at the Government House while briefing reporters on the new security approach to curb the repeated killings in the state.
He faulted the alleged inaction of the security forces to arrest the group for purportedly threatening violence; an act he claimed resulted in the multiple deaths since 2018.
The state government had in 2017 petitioned the Federal Government, as well as the heads of the police and the Department of State Service.
They called had also called for the arrest of the President of Miyetti Allah, Abdullahi Bodejo, and his secretary, Alhassan Saleh, who were accused of issuing the threats during a press conference in June 2017.
A Warning Issued
However, Mr Saleh has since denied the allegation and distanced the association from the recent
killings in the state. He said they had warned the Benue State government against implementing the anti-open grazing law as it would generate a lot of confusion in the state.
“We told him (Ortom) that look; you can’t go by that way. The reality is that you cannot proscribe pastoralism overnight. It is going to be a process that has to encompass policies and programmes that would take a period of time.
“We have written to the government of Benue State, we have written to all the relevant security agencies, telling them why we are opposed to this law; but what His Excellency Governor Ortom did was to dismiss our organisation, claiming we don’t have members in Benue,” Saleh said during his appearance on Sunrise Daily in January.
We warned Ortom Not To Proscribe Open Grazing ‘Overnight’ – Miyetti Allah.
The implementation of the anti-open grazing law in Benue has been greeted by a series of attacks on some communities in the state, with several lives lost since the beginning of 2018.
While the killings have persisted, no few than 30 persons were killed in separate attacks on some communities in the state last week.
The Nigerian Army, however, said it has arrested a major Boko Haram suspect “believed to have masterminded most of the recent attacks” in the state. The suspect, Aminu Yaminu, who is nicknamed Tashaku, was arrested on April 27, by a combined team of security operatives from the Army, police, and the Department of State Services. (Channels TV).
Meanwhile, Okenwa Nwosu, MD, said: “Prof. Wole Soyinka is not just another regular Nigerian. He stands out for a variety of reasons not worth mentioning here. But in order to put his new stance into better context, it must be recalled that the Nobel laureate in literature was one of Yoruba opinion leaders who embraced the Buhari presidential bid in 2015 and went on the limb, thereafter, to peddle his candidacy through whatever opportunities that were available to him. I am yet to hear Prof. Soyinka do the needful by apologizing to his compatriots who may have listened to his viewpoints in 2015 and then cast their precious votes to elect Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) into power. Until recently, Prof. Soyinka has been rather reticent regarding the many failures of the Buhari administration. Many have cause to wonder if Nobel laureate has truly changed his mind about Buhari. If he has, why and at what point in Buhari’s leadership tenure did that happen?
“Buhari’s leadership has been as tragic as the viewpoints of those who had championed the election of someone like Buhari whose intentions for Nigeria have never been a secret since he emerged in national consciousness during the military coup that sacked the Shagari/Ekwueme democratic presidency in 1983. Prof. Soyinka has a right to change his mind. But, in my reckoning, his newfound stance regarding his presidential candidate may be too little too late. His favorite candidate has, through his orders, already murdered thousands of compatriots nationwide. The cabal, over which he ministers, funds the Fulani herdsmen militia which is responsible for the murderous ethnic cleansing going on in states of the Middle Belt, especially the Benue River Valley.
“I commend Soyinka’s apt comparison of Nigeria under Buhari as the ill-fated Soviet-era Aeroflot jetliner that whose pilot abandoned to members of his family to toy with while he took time off to frolic with passengers in the aircraft main cabin. The amateur fumbling of the pilot’s family who manned the cockpit ended up putting the aircraft in a terminal tailspin that ruined the plane and all the passengers on board. Maybe Soyinka believes that the pilot could have salvaged the situation if he had called out “May Day, May Day, May Day” soon enough. That mindset could have informed the sage’s notion that international help is all that is required to save unitary Nigeria, at the nick of time, from crashing into the rock face. If the official attitudes of Teresa May of UK and Donald Trump of US are anything to go by, Soyinka’s hope on the redemptive force of the international community to save Nigeria and Nigerians is totally misplaced.
Credit: ChannelTV, Benue State Government, Okenwa R. Nwosu, M.D.