John Charles Makurdi
BENUE State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Thursday warned the Miyett Allah Kautal Hore not to come to Benue State for its plan to establish a security outfit called ‘Miyetti Allah Vigilante.’
Ortom was reacting to the statement credited to the Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, in which it announced the establishment of its security outfit to operate nationwide.
The governor in the statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, said that in as much as he did not have any problem with Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore floating a security outfit in other states, he warned that “such a vigilante group will not operate in Benue State.”
Ortom stressed that Miyetti Allah had no constitutional right to establish a nationwide security outfit.
He said that his state was already working with conventional security forces and had already established a vigilante group at the state, local government and ward levels.
“This is evident in the ongoing recruitment of personnel for community policing who will soon be trained as recommended by the Inspector-General of Police.
“The idea of running a nationwide vigilante group is a mere strategy by the Fulani socio-cultural organisation to elevate their nefarious and inhuman activities to another level.
“We once more call for the arrest and prosecution of officials of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, to end the spate of crime in the country.
“We urge the Federal Government to stop looking elsewhere for bandits who have been killing innocent Nigerians. Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore are coordinators of banditry in the country, and officials of the group reside in Abuja,” the statement read in parts.