In a deliberate attempt to enhance security in the country, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has set up a vigilante group charged with the responsibility of ensuring security in some parts of the country.
Eye 9ja understands that the Miyetti Allah group now instigated a vigilante group in Ondo state, mounting checkpoints along highways with the aim of ensuring security in the state.
This was made known in a statement by a human rights lawyer, Kayode Ajulo.
In the post, Ajulo who is a staunch supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, said he had an encounter with the armed men while travelling from the Akoko area of the state to Abuja.
In his words, he wrote; “It is quite true that I was in Akure, Ondo State from Friday, 19th July, 2019 to Sunday, 22nd July, 2019 for my mother’s investiture as the Iya-Ijo (chief matron) of our home church, Christ Anglican Church, Oke-Ifira-Akoko, Ondo state.”
“On my way back to Abuja on the 22nd day of July, 2019, in the company of some security men, we saw two men at the highway around Akoko, Ondo State carrying dane guns. On sighting them, inquiry was made as to their duty on the highway with guns in their hands, being not uniformed men.
“They thereafter responded that they were members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Vigilante group whose operation is known to all the security apparatus in the area.
“Also, they willingly showed us their identity cards which had their names and designations. Some other security men came to corroborate their claims.
“In my comment on the gruesome killing of Pa. Fasoranti’s daughter, and a confidant, I categorically and unapologetically hinted that we should not see the killing as inter-ethnic attack as there are reported cases of massive killings in other parts of the country.
“Recently, about 32 persons were killed in Sokoto State, several others killed in Kaduna, Benue, Niger, Zamfara and other States by some undisclosed bandits, who to me irrespective of their ethnic background are criminal and must be treated as such. The naked truth is that the insecurity in Nigeria is national which must not be ignored and we must join hands with our security agencies to fight the menace.”
In his post, Ajulo urged Nigerians not to allow ethnicity and sentiment to becloud their sense of judgment and humanity in the war against insecurity.
“We are at a time in our nation that pretentious and sentimental interactions no longer works otherwise this bigotry may fan into flame the embers of civil war in this country,” he said.
“It will not be out of place to ask this poser: is it due to the lackadaisical attitude of the Law enforcement agencies and disregard for the inputs and indelible contributions of our leaders, the OPC and other local vigilante groups that these Miyette Allah groups are now manning our highways in the South West?”