- The announcement by Miyetti Allah that it is setting up a vigilante group nationwide continues to generate reactions
- Benue governor, Samuel Ortom, says the vigilante group would not be allowed to operate in the state
- The governor stated that Miyetti Allah has no constitutional right to establish a nationwide security outfit
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The Benue state governor, 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, in a statement sent to journalists on his behalf by his spokesman, Terver Akase, on Thursday, July 30, warned that the vigilante group of the Fulani socio-cultural organisation 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.
“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.
Some Nigerians have also been reacting to the news via social media.
Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor wrote on Twitter: “They are gradually unfolding their devilish agenda. This should be the last preparatory process before unleashing coordinated mayhem across the states. This evil plot must be resisted.”
Moses Agbo wrote: “While the South-East leaders keep sleeping, Miyetti Allah, the engine room of the fourth most deadly terrorist organization otherwise known as Fulani herdsmen launches own security outfit nationwide. Imagine terrorists having security outfit.”
James Ifeanacho wrote: “Fulani government of Nigeria just created another terrorist arm to hasten the fulanization and Islamization of Nigeria. Miyetti Allah is now illegally armed and empowered to kill indigenes of occupied towns and villages.”
Maxi Okwu wrote: “They have a tactical advantage over the natives since they rule the bushes nationwide.”
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Recall that some heavily armed suspected herdsmen on Saturday, June 6, attacked three communities in Benue state.
The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) confirmed the incident on Sunday, June 7, detailing how the attack took place in the three communities in Guma local government area of the state.
The spokesperson of the police in the state, Catherine Anene, confirmed the incident and the time the attack was carried out.
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