- Governor Ortom and Miyetti Allah are at war with each other
- The governor criticised the group for floating security outfit across the country
- According to Ortom, the group will never operate in Benue state
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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue has vowed that the Socio-Cultural Fulani group, Miyetti Allah Kautal, will not be permitted to operate in the state in any guise.
According to the governor, Miyetti Allah is not in the state and will never be.
Ortom disclosed this in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase.
The governor who dismissed claims by the Fulani group that it is embedded in Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) and already functional in 36 states in the country said the group likely has an ulterior motive.
Going further, he described claims by the group as tissue of lies.
“After receiving doses of bashing from Nigerians against its first attempt, the pastoralist organization has decided to hide under the canopy of Vigilante Group of Nigeria to actualize their agenda.
"Vigilante is a neighborhood arrangement, not a national programme. It is, therefore, a vain attempt by Miyetti Allah to try to force their security outfit on all states of the federation," he added.
The governor also insisted that they can operate in other parts of the country, except Benue state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Yakubu Bello, former chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Oyo state chapter, disclosed that the herdsmen belonging to the association have been warned against violation of inter-state movement pending the time government will lift the ban.
Legit.ng gathered that Yakubu spoke against the backdrop of the allegation leveled against the herders by residents of the state.
“It is really a difficult period for my people as they have never experienced such restriction and in this business, I can tell you we have lost over N5 billion to the effects of the rampaging coronavirus disease," Yakubu said.
“This place used to be a beehive of commercial activities. People would come from all over the country and beyond to buy and sell; people sell not just cows and other livestock, but personal items and household materials here. It is now like a ghost town.”
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