Miyetti Allah Denies Involvement In Attacks On Benue Communities

By Damilare Adeleye

Benue State chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has distanced its members from the coordinated attacks which were launched on three local government areas of the state on Monday night.

The attacks which were carried out in Logo, Guma, and Tarka local government areas of the state, had 25 persons reportedly murdered.

It was alleged that the attacks were coordinated by some suspected Fulani herdsmen on Monday night.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued on Thursday by the state Chairman and Secretary of Miyetti Allah, Ando Mohammed, and Ibrahim Galma respectively, the group disclosed that there were no Fulani herdsmen in the Tarka and Guma local government areas that could have resulted in herders-farmers clashes.

The association commiserated with the people of the state over the attacks, however urged security operatives to go after the criminals.

According to the statement: “MACBAN, Benue State chapter condemns the acts of brutal killings of innocent people in Logo, Guma and Tarka local government areas of Benue State.

“Our condolences to the families of the victims of the attacks, Benue State Government, and the entire people of the state for the loss.

“We wish to state that the attacks were not carried out by our members in the state as it is being brandied because there are no single Fulani herders in Tarka and in Guma local government areas that could cause misunderstanding or provocation between the farmers and herders, particularly in the areas the attacks were carried out.

“Therefore, we call on the security agencies to go after the culprits of the crime and apprehend them.”