Ortom warns Miyetti Allah against operating security outfit in Benue

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The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has vowed to resist any attempt by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore to set up a security outfit in the state.

He stated this in reaction to the group’s announcement of the establishment of a security outfit, “Miyetti Allah Vigilante” nationwide.

Ortom described the group’s action as illegal, saying it has no right to set up such a security outfit.

The governor further accused the group of being behind killings attributed to herdsmen across the country.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase on Thursday, Ortom said Miyetti Allah planned to use the vigilante to push its “nefarious and inhuman” agenda nationwide.

He reiterated that such would not be allowed to happen in Benue while he is governor.

Ortom said, “As much as we do not have any problem with Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore floating a security outfit in other states, it is important to say that such a vigilante group will not operate in Benue State. Miyetti Allah has no constitutional right to establish a nationwide se­curity outfit.

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“Benue does not need the Miyetti Allah vigilante. The state government is working with conventional security forces and has 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 Inspector General of Police.

“The idea of running a na­tionwide vigilante group is a mere strategy by the Fulani socio-cultural organization to elevate their nefarious and inhuman activities to anoth­er level.”

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