…Says Miyetti Allah Kore are coordinators of banditry in the country.
BY OSBERT TOR-NAJIME, MAKURDI – The Benue State Government on Thursday declared that Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore vigilante group will not be allowed to operate in the state, stressing that Miyetti Allah has no constitutional right to establish a nationwide security outfit.
This is just as the Benue State Government urged the Federal Government to stop looking elsewhere for bandits who have been killing innocent Nigerians, emphasizing that Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore are the coordinators of banditry in the country, and officials of the group reside in Abuja.
The State Government in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom, Mr Terver Akase, while reacting to the statement credited to the Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, in which the group announced that it has established its security outfit called ‘Miyetti Allah Vigilante’ to operate nationwide, pointedly said that Benue State does not need the Miyetti Allah vigilante.
The statement said that the State Government is working with conventional security forces and has already established a vigilante group at the state, local government and ward levels.
The governor’s spokesman said that this is evident in the ongoing recruitment of personnel for Community Policing who will soon be trained as recommended by Inspector General of Police.
The Benue State Government further said; “The idea of running a nationwide vigilante group is a mere strategy by the Fulani socio-cultural organization to elevate their nefarious and inhuman activities to another level.
“They have repeatedly claimed responsibility for the killing of thousands of children, women and other vulnerable people in different states, yet, members of the group walk freely in Abuja and hold press conferences threatening to unleash terror on the people of this country.
“We once more call for the arrest and prosecution of officials of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, to end the spate of crime in the country.
“As much as we do not have any problem with Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore floating a security outfit in other states, it is important to say that such a vigilante group WILL NOT OPERATE IN BENUE STATE”.