By Chinenye Festus:
In a statement sent to journalists on his behalf by his spokesman, Mr. Terver Akase, on Thursday, July 30, The Benue state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom has reacted to the announcement by the Miyetti Allah that it has established its security outfit called ‘Miyetti Allah Vigilante’ to operate nationwide.
Ortom warned that the vigilante group of the Fulani socio-cultural organization won’t operate in Benue state.
“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. Miyetti Allah has no constitutional right to establish a nationwide security outfit,”part of the statement read.
“Benue does not need the Miyetti Allah vigilante. The State Government is working with conventional security forces and has already established a vigilante group at the state, local government, and ward levels.
“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 Governor stated further that 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 (MAKH) 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.
We urge the federal government to stop looking elsewhere for bandits who have been killing innocent Nigerians. Miyetti Allah are coordinators of banditry in the country, and officials of the group reside in Abuja,” the governor stated.