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Indigenes want herders’ body declared terrorist group

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A community of Benue State indigenes in Kaduna, under the auspices of Mdzough U Tiv, yesterday asked the Federal Government to declare the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and its leadership a terrorist group.

At a press conference in Kaduna, members of the Tiv community, led by their president, Shimakyaa Lorkyase, said: “As peaceful and accommodating as the Tiv people are, there is the grand plan to exterminate us and occupy our God-given land by Fulani herdsmen.

“In their quest to resist the anti-open grazing legislation already operational in Benue as threatened, on January 1, 2018 at about 10:00 a.m., the herdsmen mindlessly attacked peaceful and harmless church goers in Gaambe-Tiev, Ayilamo and Turan in Logo Local Government Area.

On the same day, in Nongov district of Guma Local Government Area, Umenger, Tse-Akor, and Tomatar near Tse-Abi were ruthlessly attacked, killing over 59 people with over 200 injured and properties worth hundreds of millions smashed.”

Also yesterday, an Abuja based advocacy group, Community Development Coalition (CDC), tackled the President and managers of the nation’s security architecture over their alleged poor handling of the entire situation.

During a press conference in Abuja, the co-convener of the body of concerned indigenes, Professor Yima Sen, noted that the primary responsibility of government was promotion of security and welfare of the people.

He expressed concern over Buhari’s alleged insensitivity, lack lustre and knee-jerk response to the issue.

Sen said the CDC is being compelled to conclude that the President is complicit.

He recalled that the people of the state voted en masse to usher in the current administration with the hope of getting adequate protection.

According to the organisation, the latest attack was preceded by “proud and arrogant boast by known officials of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, the social cultural association of herdsmen.”

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