Leaders Of Miyetti Allah Behind Benue Killings, Groups Allege
Following the recent attack on some communities in Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen, three socio- cultural groups, Mdzough U Tiv, Idoma National Forum and Omi Ny’Igede, has described the incident as a planned genocide.
The groups, at a joint news conference in Abuja, on Thursday, said that the government has failed to prevent the killings of about 20 people.
The statement said: “We the people of Benue State here represented by the Mdzough U Tiv, Idoma National Forum and Omi Ny’Igede ,the principal umbrella socio- cultural groups of the Tiv, Idoma and Igede nations wish to inform the world of the callous and barbaric unprovoked attack resulting into possible genocide and destruction of lives and properties of the Benue people by Fulani herdsmen which incidence commenced on the 1st January, 2018.
“It was reliably gathered that the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore held clandestine meetings in Nigeria and abroad to visit mayhem and genocide on the people of Benue State.
”The plot was said to be multi- directional and aimed to simultaneously invade and and attack Benue from every angle so that there would be no escape for our defenseless people,” the Organisations said.
They claimed that over two thousand men, women and children had died since the attacks began five years previously. “Over 500 people are still missing while over half a million people are displaced and the future of almost a million youths truncated.”
They called on the APC-led government and all political parties to stand against “the planned genocide” while urging President Muhammadu Buhari to rise up to the oath he swore to protect lives and property.