The Federal Government did not give Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association money during its recent meeting with the group in Brinin Kebbi,, the Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, said on Monday.
The minister spoke in Anka, Zamfara, on Monday while fielding questions from newsmen.
He described information that government gave the group money as the ”fabrication of mischief makers’’.
“Let me state categorically that during our meeting with members of the Miyetti Allah representatives, no issue of money was discussed at all, not to talk about giving them any.
“We did not give them even one kobo, the information being spread is the fabrication of mischief makers trying to divert from the matter facing us, which is the killing of innocent citizens.
“My visit to Zamfara today is in furtherance of that meeting to discuss with stakeholders and as you have seen, we are on course and confident that the issue of banditry in all the affected states is coming to an end,” he said.
The minister had earlier told the Emir of Anka, Alhaji Attahiru Ahmad that he was in the state at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari to address insecurity in the state.
He assured farmers that government would provide adequate security for them to farm without hindrance during the farming season.
Ahmad, who is also the Chairman of the Council of Chiefs in the state, urged government to do more in order to resolve the crisis.
He said unless something more serious was done, there would be no farming in the state during the year, adding that many villages had been deserted with more displaced women and children coming to the towns.
Ahmad said at the moment, there were more than 16,000 internally displaced persons in Anka who had escaped bandits’ attacks from nearby villages.
He advised that security agents should invade all the deserted villages which were now hiding places for the bandits to enable displaced villagers to return home.
STF Commander, Miyetti Allah meet over cattle rustling, criminalities in Plateau
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.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
COVID-19: Miyetti Allah seeks members’ inclusion in palliatives distribution in Nasarawa
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
COVID-19: Miyetti Allah collaborates Bauchi Gov’t to curb spread
Alhaji Saddique Ahmed, the state Chairman, disclosed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Bauchi.
“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)