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Doyin Okupe says herdsmen not responsible for killings

Doyin Okupe says herdsmen not responsible for killings

- Herdsmen have been declared innocent in the ongoing killings in some parts of the country

- Okupe, a former senior special assistant to former president Goodluck Jonathan made this known on Facebook

- He alleged that ISIS terrorists were responsible for the gruesome killings

Doyin Okupe, a former senior special assistant on public affairs to former president Goodluck Jonathan has absolved herdsmen of any wrong doing in the gruesome and countless killings going on in some parts of the country.

Okupe, who made his position known in a Facebook post declared that the terrorist group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), is responsible for the killings in Nigeria.

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"For God's sake, Benue killings not by herdsmen. These are ISIS terrorists. Armed local vigilante backed by police or army is the solution," Okupe wrote.

He also called for the arming of local vigilante and backed by the police or army.

Okupe, a well known outspoken personality is a politician who is believed in some quarters to enjoy controversies.

In 2017, while announcing his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he famously said in a statement:

“I want to belong to a political party that will be able to publicly state its position on troubling national issues like, requests for self determination by a section of the country, resource control, federalism and restructuring, religious intolerance, atrocities of Fulani Herdsman, unequal standards in national university admission policy, and many more.

“Any political party that does not have an openly stated position on these issues is a mere association of elites coming together only to feather their own nests.”

He had once described the ruling All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party as dead parties that belong to the graveyard.

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In fact, while cerebrating his exit from the party, had reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ogun state chapter, accused Doyin Okupe of seeking the downfall of the PDP, describing his exit as a good thing.

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