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Miyetti: South-East govs not giving in to blackmail over vigilance plan- Umahi

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The South-East Governors Forum has reacted to lingering controversies surrounding the alleged proposal by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to organize local vigilance groups in the South-East.

According to MACBAN, the proposal is to assist leaders in the zone curtail menace of crime and criminal activities in the area.

But the South-East East Governors Forum has denied ever being ready to allow such suggestions come to fruition in the zone.

Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi and Chairman of the forum in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Uzor on Monday in Abakaliki described the allegation of the governors allowing MACBAN to form vigilance group as strange.

Part of the statement read: “I find it extremely strange for anybody to think that none locals in any part of the country including South-East can be allowed to form vigilance outfit.

“The Miyetti Allah group may have made that suggestion which I believe will never mean to form a vigilante in South East whichever is the meaning, no governor will allow that.

“South-East governors have their local vigilance groups working with security agencies; any such demand by Miyetti group is a joke and not acceptable.

“Governors of the zone are doing their best and we have no problems receiving insults from our people, it is the price of leadership.

“The important thing to us is the safety and well-being of our people; the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and other pressure groups may not have found it fashionable to insult their leaders even when their leaders may not be saints,” the statement noted.

Umahi further disclosed that his task was to develop Ebonyi, contribute in rebuilding South-East and Nigeria.

“My calling is not to insult others for me to do these. Have we been fairly treated? No. Can we solve the problem by hate speeches? For me, the answer is no.

“Nobody, no matter the level of pretence can change my style of peaceful leadership. Ebonyi, in particular, has suffered so much even in the context of South-East.

“We believe that we do not need hate speeches as a strategy to solve our problems,” the governor said.

He maintained that South-East would not allow any Miyetti vigilante in any part of the zone, neither would it allow cattle ranch nor cattle colony.

However, Umahi insisted that people of the zone must live peacefully with herdsmen that did not destroy farm lands especially those that were born here and had lived peacefully with the people.

“Finally, we insist there will be no Miyetti vigilante, no cattle ranch or colony; but we must live peacefully with herdsmen that do not destroy our farm lands especially those that were born here and have lived peacefully with us.

“All South-East governors are together in this position,” the document said.

 

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STF Commander, Miyetti Allah meet over cattle rustling, criminalities in Plateau

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The Special Task Force, Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) have met over ways of ending cattle rustling and other criminalities in Barkin Ladi Local Government area and other parts of Plateau.
A statement issued on Sunday in Jos by the Spokesperson of STF, Maj. Ibrahim Shittu, said that the meeting had the Commander of the task force, Maj.-Gen. Chukwuemeka Okonkwo in attendance.
Shittu said that the meeting, held on Saturday at Barkin Ladi and attended by officials of the association in the locality, followed the recent rustling of some cows by suspected criminals in the area.
He quoted the commander as saying, in his address, that the meeting had become imperative so as to discuss possible ways of ending rustling and ensuring lasting peace in the area.
Okonkwo urged the cattle breeders to eschew violence, avoid taking laws into their hands and embrace peace at all times.
He promised to recover all the rustled cows and bring the perpetrators to book.
“Appreciable progress has been made in recovering some of the rustled cows, while steps to recover the remaining ones are underway.
“The state government is aware of your predicaments and efforts are being made to address them,” the commander said.
In his remarks, the Chairman of MACBAN in the locality, Alhaji Shuaibu Bayero, thanked the commander for his efforts towards achieving lasting peace in the state, since assumption of office.
He, however, urged the commander to ensure that all the stolen cows were recovered, saying that this was the only means of livelihood of his members.
Bayero said that his members, particularly the youth, had been cautioned to eschew any form of violence and desist from counter-attacks as a way of expressing their grievances.
He assured the commander of their support and cooperation to enable him succeed in his quest for lasting peace in the state.

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COVID-19: Miyetti Allah seeks members’ inclusion in palliatives distribution in Nasarawa

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), on Wednesday, appealed to the Nasarawa State government to include its members in the ongoing distribution of palliatives to cushion the effects of the state’s partial lockdown.
A cross section of MACBAN leaders made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lafia.
Malam Bello Inusa, the state Youth Leader of the association, who also doubles as the MACBAN Chairman in Doma Local Government area, noted that his members were not captured in the palliative distribution.
“Based on the reports at the disposal of the association, none of our members was captured in the ongoing palliative distribution, even though they are also facing hardship as a result of the state’s partial lockdown.
“Our members have also been facing a lot of hardship in the last 20 days when government declared a 24-hour curfew on Karu Local Government area and partial lockdown in other parts of the state, including markets and shops.
“Cattle markets have been shutdown, thereby affecting the means of livelihood of the Fulani people. There is, therefore, the need for government to include them in whatever palliative they are distributing,’’ Inusa said.
Similarly, Alhaji Mohammed Hussaini, the Nasarawa State Chairman of Miyetti Allah, said its members were always neglected whenever government wanted to distribute anything through electoral wards.
He said that his members from all the 13 local council in the state had not benefitted from any palliative, either from the federal, state or local governments.
“We have our structure and we are appealing to government to channel their palliatives through the association and the traditional rulers to give them a sense of belonging.
“We, however, commend Gov. Abdullahi Sule for the measures taken so far toward containing the COVID-19 pandemic in the state,’’ Hussaini said.
He urged the public to continue to maintain personal hygiene by washing their hands regularly with soap under running water, keeping physical distancing and using hand sanitisers in order to contain the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, the Nasarawa State government has said that no ethnic group was excluded from the palliatives being given to the needy across the state.
The state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dogo Shammah, told NAN that the governor had directed that the palliatives be distributed to the needy in all the local councils without discrimination.
“The palliative was distributed on the basis of local government areas, as directed by the governor and not on ethnic basis,” he said.
Shammah further explained that the Fulani had also benefited from government’s gesture, just like others.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that although no confirmed case of COVID-19 has been recorded in the state, government has, however, taken some preventive measures due to its proximity to Benue, Abuja and Kaduna, with some confirmed cases.
The state government has, in the last 20 days, imposed a 24-hour curfew on Karu council area and partial lockdown in other parts of the state.
NAN also reports that the curfew imposed on Karu council area was because of its extreme proximity to Abuja and the fact that many people working in Abuja reside in the area.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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COVID-19: Miyetti Allah collaborates Bauchi Gov’t to curb spread 

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Bauchi branch, says it is collaboration with health workers and the State Government in sensitising its members on measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Alhaji Saddique Ahmed, the state Chairman, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Bauchi.

Ahmed said the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic, globally, has necessitated the need of the leadership to mobilise and sensitise members against the spread of the deadly virus.

“Each Community needs sensitisation and mobilisation to prevent any outbreak of diseases;  whether pandemic or not.

“We have to mobilise all the Local Governments and Wards’ leadership to mobilise their members on the policies that will curb the spread of the virus,” he said.

He said the decision was necessary and part of the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The MACBAN Chairman pointed out that members were sensitised on the physical distancing, hand washing and using of hand sanitizers.

“We also urged members to report any symptoms of high fever and other unusual symptoms in the community.

“You don’t know who has tested positive to coronavirus and you don’t know who has contracted it.

“The best thing to do is take precautionary measures to safeguard our  people and to halt the spread.

 “We have also directed that the herdsmen who are in the bush or forest should remain there,” Ahmed said.

He explained that herdsmen coming out to meet those in the markets could portend danger.

Ahmed reiterated that the sensitisation campaign would be a continuous process against the spread of the global pandemic. .

 

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

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Include Miyetti Allah members in Amotekun Corps – Bello

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Alhaji Yakubu Bello, Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Oyo State chapter, on Monday, called  for the inclusion of members of Miyetti Allah into the Amotekun Corps in the  state.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Bello made the call at the public hearing on Oyo State Security Network Agency Bill, 2020, held in Ibadan.

According to Bello, it is not possible that every Fulani man is bad,  just like only a bad person will fear the establishment of the new neighbourhood security outfit.

He expressed support for the establishment of the Amotekun corps, but said his members needed to be coopted into the arrangement.

Mr Adebo Ogundoyin, Speaker, Oyo State Assembly in his address said the Amotekun security outfit would be set up to complement the police in ensuring the safety of lives and properties.

Ogundoyin who was represented by Mr Mohammed Fadeyi, Deputy Speaker, said it would also complement other security agencies across the south west.

“Amotekun corps are going to be recruited to help the security agencies curb the rising cases of insecurity in Yorubaland.

“The 9th Oyo State House of Assembly has also risen to the occasion in line with quality representation and legislation, hence, the Oyo State Security Network Agency Bill, 2020.

“This public hearing on the bill was to get inputs and contribution from all stakeholders in order to have widely accepted contributions for a smooth operation of the Amotekun Corps” said Ogundoyin.

Fatai Owoseni, Special Adviser to Gov. Seyi Makinde on Security, said the corps will not witch-hunt any ethnic or religious group, but flush out bad eggs from the society.

Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, Oyo State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice said that no nation could witness any development without proper security.

Oyewo assured that the security arrangement would be for all residents of the state.

Earlier, Mr A . Obadara, Chaiman, House Committe on Security and Strategy emphasised that it was the responsibility of any government to ensure security of lives and property of the citizenry.

Obadara said the security challenges confronting Nigeria as a nation necessitated the inclusion of people at the grassroots in the security management of various communities.

He said the inputs of stakeholders were germane to having an enforceable and people-oriented law in Oyo state.

NAN reports that the Police, Immigration, Vigilante Groups of Nigeria, Odua People’s Congress and Association of Hunters were among various organisations present at the public hearing.

Edited By: Janefrances Oraka/Maharazu Ahmed

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Miyetti Allah seeks members’ inclusion in Operation Amotekun

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The Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Oyo State chapter, has called for the inclusion of its members in the proposed Amotekun initiative in the state.

Alhaji Yaqub Bello, a former Chairman of MACBAN in the state, made the call on Monday during a public hearing on the Oyo State Security Network Agency Bill, 2020, also known as Amotekun bill.

Bello, while expressing the support of the association to the Amotekun initiative, insisted that only haters of truth would oppose such a move.

“Some of us have been in Oyo state for over 40 years, cohabiting with the natives, married Yoruba women and have children.

“So, our request is to include Myetti Allah as members of Operation Amotekun to enhance the job of the outfit, since we know the terrain of where we rear our cattle.

“Having Fulani among the outfit will make it easier for Amotekun men to distinguish between genuine herdsmen and the criminals while on patrol.

“A Fulani man can also serve as an interpreter while interrogating any suspected herdsman,” Bello said.

He admitted that the major objective of the initiative was to curb criminal activities in the society and not to witch hunt any particular body or ethnic group.

Describing his members as law abiding, he said that none of them had been involved in any form of criminal activity, adding that rather, they had been carrying out their legitimate business, that is, cattle rearing.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that other speakers at the public hearing included representative of the Nigerian Police Force, the Peace Corps and the Agbekoya Farmers’ Association.

Others were the Local Hunters’ Group, Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Political Awareness Group and representatives of Chief Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land.

Mrs Funke Fawole, who represented the Commissioner of Police, Mr Sina Olukolu, said that the outfit should act in accordance with the provision of the Fire Arms Acts, if the personnel must carry arms.

Fawole also said that men of the outfit should be properly trained on the use of arms and ammunition to avoid its misuse.

In his contribution, Chief Gboyega Adejumo, who represented Gani Adams, said issuance of license for firearms was very vital for the operations of the security outfit.

He said that the use of Dane gun would not be effective for their operations, saying hoodlums and criminal-minded persons might use the chance of not carrying arms to attack the operatives.

Also, Prof Abideen Olaiya, representative of the Muslim community in the state, urged the operatives of Amotekun not to use it to settle political scores or as an avenue for jungle justice.

Earlier, Prof Oyelowo Oyewo, the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, said part of the objectives of the security outfit was to share intelligence report about crime, crime in progress, suspicious activities and other criminal activities.

“Others include collaboration with similar security agency, particularly in Ogun, Lagos, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti states to deter kidnapping, terrorism, cattle rustling, cultism, highway robbery and other offences, and also to assist the police in apprehending such criminals.

“It is also meant to protect lives and property within the state and ensure that people travelling on the highways, major roads, remote areas, hinterland, forest and inland waterways carry out their normal socio-economic activities without fear or hindrance,” Oyewo stated.

NAN reports that the Amotekun bill committee, headed by Mr Akeem Obadara, the State House of Assembly Committee Chairman on Security and Strategy, received 22 memoranda.

NAN also reports that Mr Abiodun Fadeyi, the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, presided over the public hearing.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and ‘Wale Sadeeq

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Insecurity: Miyetti Allah to conduct census of members in Nasarawa

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The Nasarawa chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) said on Tuesday that it would soon conduct the census of its members, to address the influx of criminal elements into the state.

MACBAN Chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Hussaini, dropped the hint in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lafia.

He said the move became necessary due to the alarming rate of criminality in the country, which, in most cases, had been attributed to the members of the association.

“We will embark on the registration of all the Fulanis between 15 years and above, to checkmate the influx of criminal elements, who come to perpetrate evil in the state.

“Data generated from the survey would be kept in the state headquarters of the association for easy access, when the need arises,” Hussaini said.

According to him, all the chairmen of the association, ‘Ardos’ and other Fulani leaders in all the 13 local government areas of the state will liaise with security agencies in intelligence gathering.

The chairman noted that the association would partner the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on the fight against drug abuse.

Hussaini said that most criminality and social vices in the area were being carried out by persons under the influence of hard drugs.

The chairman of the association noted that to successfully tackle the abuse of illicit drugs, there was the need to identify the suppliers and persecute them, to cut the supply.

He said the Federal Government should consider the recruitment of the Fulani in the planned community policing initiative, adding that they were always willing to assist in security matters.

The chairman said the association would never shield criminals among them, and urged all other groups to expose criminals in their areas, to make the country safe for all.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye and Isaac Ukpoju

 

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Miyetti Allah tasks Bello on security in Kogi

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The Fulani socio-cultural group, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MCBAN), has urged Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi to continue to make security of lives and property a priority of his administration.

The group made the call in a message issued in Lokoja on Tuesday to felicitate with the governor on his inauguration for a second term in office.

According to the statement, signed by Mr Suleiman Mohammed, the state Secretary of MCBAN, the appeal for security become necessary as no meaningful development can take place in any society in the absence of peace and security.

“Proovision of adequate security will give residents the needed confidence to pursue their legitimate activities without let or hindrance,” the statement said.

It called on other political parties, groups, corporate bodies and well-meaning individuals to join hands with the government and security agencies to restore a lasting peace to all nooks and cranny of the state.

While felicitating with Bello on his inauguration for a second term in office, the group urged him to continue to ensure a cordial relationship between farmers and cattle rearers in the state.

“We thank the governor for his love and care for our members in the state, we urged him to sustain this by appointing more Fulanis into his cabinet,” the statement said.

It also called on its members to continue to be law abiding and refrain from acts that are capable of disrupting the existing peace in the state.

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Miyetti Allah, Oodua, Igbo, others unite for conflict prevention

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Leaders of ethnic and socio-political groups have agreed to continue in engaging one another to prevent conflict and ensure peaceful co-existence.

The groups said this in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos after the groups’ training with the theme: “Engaging the media, community-based groups for peace building and conflict prevention”.

The participants urged the Federal Government to intensify the mopping up of illegal weapons across the country and initiate the process for continuous dialogue by the people.

They promised to strengthen and promote a national working group for peace and conflict building across the country.

Speaking at the training programme, Assistant Commissioner of Police Akinbayo Olasoji said that crises in Nigeria had continuously been promoted by greed and the self-serving interests of some religious, political and community leaders.

He commended the coming together of young ethnic leaders in choosing to address the problems of conflict in the country.

Also, the leader of the African Conflict Prevention and Peace Network, Mr Sina Odugbemi, said that it was necessary to study the environment thoroughly to sustain peace.

“The flow of arms and the threats to stability in Nigeria cannot be resolved unless we have a deep understanding of the proliferation of arms.

“Nigeria is surrounded by French-speaking countries; the free flow of movement of people in that area is an indication that Nigeria will remain unsafe unless there is a strong and effective border,” Odugbemi said.

Also, the Vice-President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) Mr Tijani Suleiman, said: “As a people we have the responsibility to work towards peaceful co-existence.

“Violence is an ill-wind that blows no-one any good; we can make the choice to chose the part of honour by preventing conflict in Nigeria”.

The President of Agbekoya– a Yoruba group– Chief Adekunle Oshodi, said his group was excited to participate in a forum initiated for stakeholders in conflict in which the people are the drivers of the process.

The groups observed that ordinary people were worried about the spate of violence in some parts of the country and bringing an end to crises could be achieved when the people realise that they are the main actors.

Retired Col. Tony Nyiam, one of the participants, said that one of the most crucial ways of preventing conflict was for the people to engage themselves out of their own freewill.

“Nigerians want to live in peace. There is no-one that would prefer conflict to peace. What we have seen is a situation where platforms for conflict prevention are lacking while the leaders run up and down to douse the fire when it is too late.

“The best way to prevent conflict is through active and robust engagement among the stakeholders.

“Conflict that is addressed at its budding stage is unlikely to mature while those left unattended to lead to chaos and violence,” Nyiam said.

The representative of the Ford Foundation, Mrs Onyinye Onyemobi, said that the involvement of young people in the conflict prevention training was an impressive initiative.

Present at the training were leaders of Miyetti Allah, Oodua Peoples Congress, Oodua Nationalist Coalition, Igbo Youth Council and the Indigenous Middle Belt Peoples Congress.

Also, the Arewa Youth Consultative Council, National Council of Iteskiri Youths, Agbekoya, Borno Youth Coalition and the Ijaw National Congress, among others, were present at the training.

Some civil society groups working on conflict and peace building also attended the event.

Edited & Vetted By: Kayode Olaitan
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Miyetti Allah partners security agencies to expose criminals in Nasarawa state

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NNN: Mohammed Hussaini, Chairman,

Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Nasarawara state chapter, says the association is partnering with security agencies to expose criminals in the state.

The chairman stated this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Sunday in Lafia.

According to him, the partnership is part of the collective efforts to ensure the state is rid of criminals, adding that security is everybody’s business and not that of the security agencies alone.

“The efforts have yielded a lot of results, leading to the arrest of criminals across the state.

“The kidnappers that killed a man in Lafia recently, after collecting ransom from his family, were arrested by the fulani vigilantes while trying to dispose the corpse in a bush.

“The two arrested kidnappers have been handed them over to the police,” the chairman said.

Hussaini also said that the association had set up committees to expose criminal elements among the fulanis, adding that the association would pursue the assignment to the logical conclusion.

“Let me tell you, so many bad eggs among our people, the Fulanis, were exposed and apprehended.”

He explained that the association was determined to redeem the image of its members and strengthen relationship with other groups for the overall development of the stat, in particular and the country in general.

The chairman called on the members of the association to continue to be law abiding and report any act of provocation on them to the appropriate authorities for prompt action.

Edited & Vetted at NAN By: Dada Ahmed
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