Charles Nwoke, Minna, Nigeria
January 20, 2021
An association of herders and cattle rearers, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria,(MACBAN) has cried out over the gruesome murder of their members by members of the security network in Mashegu Local Government Area Council of Niger state.
Alhaji Usaini Yusuf Bosso, the Deputy National President of the herder’s group, who raised the alarm while speaking with newsmen in Minna, Niger State yesterday stated that in the past few months, 20 of his members were not only killed but were also roasted beyond recognition within Mashegu Local Government Council alone.
In his words, “twenty of our members have been killed by members of the Vigilante in Mashegu local government area and in most cases, their corpses were burnt beyond recognition by the suspected vigilante members.
A victim of the dastardly act, Malam Muhammadu Dabo lamented that three of his children were slain and burnt beyond recognition in his presence by the Vigilante group.
Malam Dabo speaking in the Hausa language, said, “I am one of the victims because three of my children were killed and burnt in my presence in Tashar Hajiya village in Mashegu Local Government Area of Niger state by the Vigilante members.
“I was helpless as there was nothing I could do to save the souls of the innocent children,” he cried out.
In a swift reaction, Ahmed Gwani, a top Vigilante official in Niger state, debunked the allegation as baseless, deceitful, and false from the pit of Hell, adding that it is a calculated attempt and plan to draw unnecessary sympathy from members of the general public.
According to Gwani, “the accusation is weighty but baseless and it is just to cover up their sins and draw unwarranted sympathy from members of the public because my members,(Vigilante) are law-abiding people and will not engage themselves in such criminal act more so that they are saddled with the responsibilities of protecting lives and property of all residents in Niger state no matter their political, religious and ethnic affiliations.”
Also reacting to the allegations leveled against the vigilante group, Niger state Government speaking through the Secretary to the State Government SSG, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane said investigations over the matter at stake has commenced adding that government will dig into the matter and find a lasting solution to the problem between the Vigilante group and Miyetti Allah.
The SSG said, “Part of our responsibilities is to maintain genuine peace and promote peaceful coexistence amongst diverse groups throughout the state.”