Why Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore’s President Must Be Arrested – Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom

 

 

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has explained why he called for the arrest of the President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore.

The governor who received Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka at the Government House in Makurdi on Tuesday revealed that he would file a formal complaint to the security agencies.

He vowed to petition the Inspector General of Police, the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Presidency to ensure that the association’s president was arrested for allegedly threatening states like Benue for rejecting the establishment of the Rural Grazing Area (RUGA).

“He should be arrested because there is no hate speech more than the one he was saying and was given wide publicity that governors who do not embrace cattle colony and RUGA will not know peace,” the governor alleged.

He added, “We have seen it before and why should we allow a person like this to go scot-free in impunity? If we want to live as a country, this should not be allowed … this is the way to go.”

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More Problems In Benue?

In the heat of the crisis between herdsmen and farmers that claimed many lives and forced hundreds of residents from their houses in Benue, the state government had taken some measures to address the situation.

One of the major steps taken by the government was the passage and assent to the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law by the Benue State House of Assembly and Governor Ortom respectively in November 2017.

Although the governor noted that the state government was open to ideas and recommendations on how to tackle the crisis between farmers and herders in the state, he insisted that the RUGA scheme was not an option to consider.

He stated, “I have challenged Nigerians, the Federal Government, state, and all Nigerians that if the prohibition of open grazing in Benue State law of 2017; if you have any order policy that can restore peace for farmers and herdsmen in this country or in Benue State, please bring it on the table.”

“We are willing to go back to our people and say there is a better option, but the option cannot be RUGA, cattle colony, and open grazing.

“It cannot be those ones; they are not there because they will not solve the problem, they will create more problems.”

Soyinka Calls For ‘Holistic Approach’ To Nigeria’s Security Challenges

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, speaks during a visit to the Government House in Makurdi, the Benue State capital on November 5, 2019.

 

 

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has asked the Federal Government to take decisive action against Boko Haram, armed herdsmen, and the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).

He stated this at a meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State on Tuesday at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital.

Professor Soyinka, who visited some displaced persons at their camp in the Abagana area of the state, noted that the insurgents and others were terrorising Nigerians.

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According to him, the security situation in the country requires the immediate attention of the government, especially at the federal level with an all-inclusive approach.

“It’s a pity that this area of the country is really besieged. First it was Boko Haram, then it is these herdsmen, and then recently there is ISWAP; it strikes me that a holistic approach has to be taken,” said the Nobel laureate.

He added, “It’s not the responsibility of Benue alone, it’s not the responsibility of the affected states alone; it’s a national responsibility.

“And I hope that this government has seen the result of taking things easy when they should be taken by the throat and tackled very decisively; now that they’ve seen how violence calls to violent, how impunity calls to impunity, and arrogance calls to arrogance.”

 

Philosophy Of Disorder

Professor Soyinka also condemned the herdsmen attacks which claimed several lives and left hundreds displaced in Benue.

He decried the situation where a group of persons would threaten the peace of a state in a civilised society when the government takes decisions in the interest of its people.

The Nobel laureate said, “When you have any kind of unit in an overall community which says, ‘either you do this or we’ll show you’, this is the mentality which led to the virtual takeover of an order by a philosophy of disorder.

“The possibility that any section of society can call the shut for the totality, and I’m referring to when Benue State passed the law about open grazing and the criminals, the homicidal maniacs had inhaled to say ‘you take the law out or else’ … that means we don’t live in a civilised society.”

Ortom Asks FG To Extend Border Closure To Foreign Herdsmen

A file photo of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

 

The Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, has appealed to the Federal Government to extend its border closure to include foreign herdsmen who allegedly have unfitted access into Nigerian territories with arms to attack communities including those in Benue.

The governor made the appeal on Monday when he visited a female victim of herdsmen attacks whose limb had been amputated over the weekend while working on her farm in Guma Local Council of Benue State.

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He lamented that Nigerians cannot afford to live in fear in their own country.

Ortom also reiterated the need to ban all forms of open grazing in the country and establish ranches for coordination and security profiling of all those keeping herds of animals.

Three Killed As Farmers, Herdsmen Clash In Jigawa

 

Three people have been killed and six others injured after farmers and herdsmen clashed in Jigawa State, north-west Nigeria.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Bala Zama, confirmed this to reporters on Tuesday in his office at the Police Command Headquarters in Dutse, the state capital.

According to him, the three persons were killed in separate clashes in Guri, Kirikasamma and Kiyawa Local Government Areas of the state.

Mr Zama added that scores of policemen were deployed in Birniwa LGA where there was also tension.

He explained that the command got information that some herders trooped into the town at harvest time.

The police commissioner gave assurance that the command was committed to the security of the lives and property of the residents of the state.

‘Strange Thunder’ Strikes Over 30 Cows Dead In Ondo Community

 

There was serious apprehension in Ijare, a community in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State when a mysterious thunder struck and killed thirty-six cows.

The Fulani herdsmen rearing the cows were said to have led them to the top of a hill known as Oke-Owa, a sacred groove where the king of the community performs certain annual traditional rites.

A source in the community described the incident as the wrath of their gods on the herdsmen saying the gods became angry because herdsmen desecrated the sacred groove.

It was gathered that the Fulani herdsmen who were alleged to been have occupying the top of the hill for about five days had been warned by the community’s Chiefs to move away from the hill before the disaster struck.
A local hunter had on Sunday morning alerted the community of the incident.

Speaking on the incident, High Chief Wemimo Olaniran, the Sapetu of Ijare kingdom, who described the incident as an act of God stressed that the development is not the first time such will be happening to those who desecrated the grove.

Reacting to the incident, the Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Police Command, SP Femi Joseph described the incident as a natural disaster.

Middle Belt Forum President Calls For Proscription Of Herdsmen

President of Middle Belt Forum

 

The President of the Middle Belt Forum, Dr Brutus Pogu, has called for the proscription of herdsmen.

Dr Pogu’s statement follows a series of attacks by alleged herdsmen on innocent Nigerians.

He accused them of committing genocide on the middle belt people and hiding under the aegis of Miyetti Allah Breeders Association.

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Dr Pogu made this known on Monday at a one-day ethnic nationalities conference of the middle belt forum themed the Reawakening.

He also accused the Federal government of attempting to change the narrative by describing them as bandits insisting that they are Fulani herdsmen.

On the issue of land bill, Dr Pogu called for the rejection of what he described as a bill to take away ancestral land from middle beltans for government use.

Speaking on the Tiv/Jukun crisis, he described it as unfortunate, thereby urging both sides to embrace peace.

Abolish Herdsmen Movement From North To South, Ganduje Tells FG

 

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has asked the Federal Government to abolish movement of herdsmen from the Northern to Southern part of Nigeria in order to eradicate farmer/herders conflicts.

This is after Governor Ganduje set up a 16-man committee to identify critical areas of settling herdsmen across the state.

In an interview with Channels TV, Mr Ganduje said that the RUGA settlement, which his government has fully embraced, is the only way to reduce the concerns raised and it is a must.

“The Federal Government should abolish the movement of herdsmen from the Northern part to the Southern part of Nigeria because that creates a lot of problems and the only way to do it is the RUGA issue.

“This settlement is a must and to us in Kano state, it’s a task that must be done, because we must improve the quality of lives of the herdsmen so that they become full Nigerians and behave like any other good Nigerian, so that the conflict we are having all over the country can be reduced and at the same time, they can improve the way they breed their cattle.”

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The Governor revealed that 72 herders’ children have been trained on modern skills in cattle grazing and all herdsmen across the country should come to Kano state because of the efforts at getting the economic benefits of cattle breeding.

“We have trained 72 of the herdsmen children in artificial insemination and we have constructed two insemination centres in Kano and with this RUGA settlement which we are starting now so that the breeding system of the cattle will be according to the modern system.

“That is where we are heading to, and that is why we are calling all herdsmen all over the country to come to Kano, we are getting assistance from the Islamic bank so that we develop infrastructure for grazing areas and we believe when they converge, it will be a good omen for the state.

“We are already planning to build an ultramodern abattoir here so that the chain can be built right from bottom to top.”

Narrowing Security Challenges To One Tribe Is Unfair, Says APC Member

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abiodun Babatunde

 

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abiodun Babatunde, says it is unfair to blame one tribe for the security challenges the nation is grappling with.

Babatunde, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday, said the drums of war being beaten across the country wouldn’t augur well for the masses.

“I admit there are security challenges and the government also admits that. But for you to now narrow the security challenges to one ethnic tribe is what I’m saying will do us no good.

“Collectively as Nigerians, we must come together and say no to some of these insecurity issues. We say no because these drums of war that is being beaten all over the country would do nobody any good.

“Rather it will snowball into a crisis that is unimaginable. The so-called Fulanis have been in the Southwest, Southeast and they have been living together. So what happened now? To the extent that if anything happens between a man and his wife, the next thing you will see on social media is that Fulani herdsmen have struck again,” he said.

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His statement was in reaction to remarks made by a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member, Alaba Yusuf, decrying the state of security in the country, likening the herdsmen to Boko Haram terrorists.

During a telephone interview on Sunrise Daily, Yusuf said Nigeria has lots of problems, with several lives lost.

“In Katsina where President Muhammadu Buhari comes from, there is a lot of problems. All over Nigeria, there is a lot of problems.

“I believe that those whom we caller killer herdsmen are not different from the terrorists who operate on the highway.”

Disregard NEF’s Unauthorized Quit Order, Buhari Tells Herders

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has enjoined all Nigerians to ignore the recent call by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) to Fulani herders, asking them to leave the southern part of Nigeria.

“All citizens of Nigeria are free to move and live within any part of the country they please, whether or not they are originally from there.

“In line with our country’s constitution, the government of Nigeria and the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will protect citizens of Nigeria wherever they find themselves.

“No one has the right to ask anyone or group to depart from any part of the country, whether north, south, east or west,” the President said.

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In a statement on behalf of the President, the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu questioned the intentions of the NEF and the other so-called leaders in delving into issues with unsolicited, ill-intentioned advice.

“They have no one’s authority to make such pronouncements.

“The polarising role of the Northern Elders Forum and all those other groups dabbling into issues of security to score cheap political points has for long been a sore point in Nigeria’s body polity.

“They should not be allowed to mislead anyone, least of all the Fulani herders.

“The Buhari administration is fully devoted to finding a lasting solution to the herder-farmer clashes in different parts of Nigeria- one that would be acceptable to all the parties involved.”

The President, therefore, calls on all Nigerians to help keep the peace in the country.

Three Herdsmen Arrested For Allegedly Killing Farmer In Ogun

The Ogun State police command says its men have apprehended three herdsmen over the alleged murder of a 40-year-old farmer at Alabata Area of Odeda Local Government of the state.

Police spokesperson in the state, Abimbola Oyetemi said the arrested suspects are Muhammed Adamu, Saliu Ismail, and Saliu Adamu

He added that they were arrested following a distress call by people of Adao village.

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“There was complaint that some herdsmen while grazing their cattle entered the farm of one Rafiu Sowemimo and destroyed some of his crops. The victim thereafter accosted the herders and challenged them to know the reason behind their action.

“This led to altercation between him and the herders, consequent upon which the herdsmen stabbed him to death,” Oyetemi said.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Bashir Makama, thereafter directed the Deputy Commissioner of police in-charge of operations and that of State criminal investigation and intelligence Department to move into the scene and ensure that the culprit were brought to book.

The officers led other policemen to the scene and with information from villagers, they were able to arrest the three herders who perpetrated the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police who have been to the village to condole the family of the victim has ordered the transfer of the suspects to Homicide section of the State Criminal investigation and intelligence department for proper investigation and prosecution.

Herdsmen Killings: The Responses To Security challenges Are So Weak – Moghalu

 

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) in the last election, Professor Kingsley Moghalu, has said that the responses of the present government to the security challenges besetting the nation are so weak. 

Moghalu, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, said that the kind of solutions that are being put on the table is simply inadequate to meet the challenges.

“The responses to the security challenges we are having are so weak and not very well thought through,” he said.

The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said there must be a collective coming together to address the fundamental problems of the Nigerian state which are manifesting as insecurity.

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In proffering solutions to the security issues, Professor Moghalu said, “The first fundamental solution to Nigeria’s problems is that Nigeria must be constitutionally restructured to become a true federation.

“It is very important that Nigeria’s borders should be manned,” Moghalu stated.

He further opined that the nation needs the political will to be able to solve the problems it has today.

Professor Moghalu also asked the government to be pro-active in its dealing with the issues on the ground.

He said, “When you don’t act in a way that you are supposed to act, you leave the citizens a lot of room for speculation and that is what I will advise the government against.

“We need to take a very very proactive approach to our security problems rather than a reactive approach. reacting only when people are killed”.

Moghalu who s also the Convener of ‘To Build A Nation (TBAN)’, was of the opinion that governance has to be brought down to the people, stressing that the government at the centre is not able to solve everybody’s problem.

Security Expert Warns FG On Dangers Of Proposed Settlement For Herdsmen

 

A security and defence intelligence expert, Group Captain Felix Iheanacho (retired) has warned the Federal Government on the dangers of its proposed settlement for herdsmen.

While appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Iheanacho said the move is not a welcome development.

He noted that the communities meant to host the herdsmen were already reacting, suggesting that problems could arise if the Federal Government goes ahead with the plan.

“We have been seeing reactions. Most of the communities and areas where these settlements are proposed are already expressing resentment on this plan.

“I, therefore, think it deserves to be looked into. We need to review that plan because I see it as not a welcome initiative by those communities they are intended for.

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“I can see some problems arising therefrom if we do that without carrying those communities along with us,” he said.

When asked if the problem arose from the timing of the proposal or the idea, the security expert replied saying: “It is not just the timing, it is also the idea because we are looking at modernity. Culture is not static, culture is dynamic.

Iheanacho, however, wants the government to synchronize its farming methods in line with international best practices.

Speaking on recent attacks that that ravaged parts of the country leading to the several loss of lives and properties, the intelligence analyst said the nation lacks the political will to address the situation.

He, therefore, urged the political class to “do more. We need to develop the necessary political will and we also need to show concrete action to make sure that we stem this tide of insecurity.”

His warning comes two days after Federal Government announced it had begun to establish “Ruga Settlements” for herdsmen in 12 pilot states nationwide.

The Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammadu Umar said the farm settlements when fully established would address the incessant clashes between Fulani cattle rearers and farmers.