- A group known as ‘Yan Ba Belli’ has been accused of killing Miyetti Allah members across Bauchi state
- Security agents have been called upon by Miyetti Allah in the state to check the activities of the group
- The state police command’s spokesperson, Kamal Datti, however, said he was not aware of the incidents
The Bauchi state branch of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association has called on security agents to check the activities of a group, known as ‘Yan Ba Belli’ that had allegedly been killing its members across the state.
Alhaji Sadiq Ahmed, secretary of the association in the state, made the call on Sunday, April 28, at the funeral of two members allegedly killed by the group.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that he warned that unless the activities of the group was checked, the situation might get out of control and pose threat to peace and security in the state.
According to him, “If they are attacking people in the rural areas and they are not stopped, they may start attacking people in urban areas."
He said so far, about 10 members of their association had been killed in various locations within the state in the last two weeks.
Ahmed disclosed that the latest victims were the former chairman of Bauchi local government area of the association, Jafaru Shanka, and Musa Mokawu, both of them residents of Yolan Bayara, a community few kilometres from Bauchi metropolis.
The secretary said the two people were abducted and their corpses recovered later in the bush, with gunshot wounds and machete cuts.
Ahmed said members of the group operated on no fewer than 100 motorcycles, invading communities, abducting and killing people in broad daylight.
He expressed the desire of MACBAN to cooperate with government and security agencies to maintain peace.
Contacted on the issue, Bauchi police command’s spokesperson, Kamal Datti, said he was not aware of the incidents referred to by MACBAN. He, however, said there were reported cases of the activities of the group and the police had been making arrests and charging them to court.
Recently, Legit.ng reports that there was tension on Monday, December 17 in Abuja between representatives of herders' and farmers’ groups as Amnesty International (AI) presented a report on the conflict between the groups in Nigeria.
The report tagged Harvest of Death: Three Years of Bloody Clashes Between Farmers and Herders, was presented at Reiz Continental Hotel in Abuja.
Baba Ngelzarma, the general secretary of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), at the event accused the media of fueling the crises. According to the report, 57% of the 3,641 recorded deaths occurred in 2018.
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