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HURIWA Condemns Alleged Plan By Buhari To Ban Yoruba Nation Groups, Others

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned an alleged plan by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to muzzle agitations in the South-West by proscribing the movement led by Prof. Banji Akintoye and Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho.

The rights group referred to Umar Gwandu, the Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) whose office allegedly declared that the Federal Government would explore all options within the context of the law to ensure a peaceful and united Nigeria .

HURIWA cautioned against any move to proscribe the Yoruba nation group as a terrorist group while groups like Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association ( MACBAN) that back violent attacks of armed Fulani herdsmen on farming communities all across Nigeria; and the armed Fulani militia that are active in the North West of Nigeria with such terror activities as armed hijacking/kidnapping of school children, invasion of Southern Kaduna Christian communities and destruction of churches, have all not been classified as terrorist groups.

According to HURIWA, these groups are being favoured by President Buhari most likely because they are mainly made up of his kinsmen and those of the heads of all internal security institutions .

HURIWA stressed that on June 26, 2018, the MACBAN had described the attacks on some communities in Plateau State as an act of retaliation over the killing of 300 cows belonging to its members.

It recalled that suspected armed Fulani herdsmen had few days to June 26th 2018 attacked  Riyom, Barakin Ladi and Jos South local government areas of the state, killing over 100 persons, though the police confirmed 86.

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HURIWA which emphasized that Miyetti Allah has proved itself to be a terrorist group had then through the Chairman of the North Central zone of MACBAN, Danladi Ciroma, who signed the statement, said herdsmen in the state had lost about 300 cows in the weeks leading to the attack.He accused the communities of hiding cattle rustlers among them as well as frustrating peace efforts of the state government.

He said: “These attacks are retaliatory. As much as I don’t support the killing of human beings, the truth must be told that those who carried out the attacks must be on revenge mission.

“There have been recent reports of cow rustling and destruction of farms between Berom farmers and Fulani herdsmen. The people carrying out these criminal activities are well known to the communities but the communities are hiding them.

“Fulani herdsmen have lost about 300 cows in the last few weeks – 94 cows were rustled by armed Berom youths in Fan village, another 36 cows were killed by Berom youths. In addition to that, 174 cattle were rustled and the criminals disappeared with them to Mangu.

“Since these cows were not found, no one should expect peace in the areas. Even soldiers that went after the criminals to recover the rustled cows were shot by the armed rustlers and eventually escaped with all the cows.”

The rights group recalled that on 6th of January 2018 the Fulani herdsmen in Benue State, who were accused of killing about 17 people in the state on New Year day, had explained why they attacked their host villagers.

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The President of the Benue State branch of Myetii Allah Breeders Association, Garus Gololo told a correspondent of BBC News( Pidgin) that the problem started when some people tried to rustle their cows, while they were emigrating from the state to some neighbouring states.

Gololo said: “While we were trying to relocate to Taraba State, through Nassarawa State to the border town of Nengere, some rustlers came and stole about 1000 cows from us and we had to fight back.”

The communities affected by the bloodletting include GaambeTiv, Ayilamo, Turan, Umenger, Tse-Akor and Tomaater, near Tse-Aabi in Logo and Guma local Government areas.

Gololo claimed the attacks by the herdsmen, were in self-defence against cattle rustlers, who stole into their camp in the night to steal their cows.

HURIWA further recalled that on  January 12, 2018 foreign media reports said that since the start of the year, Nigerians had been served bloody reminders that Boko Haram had become the country’s biggest internal security threat. States in Nigeria’s middle belt, the foreign newspapers said, had been rocked by attacks from suspected Fulani herdsmen in a new wave of violence which primarily stemmed from disputes over  grazing areas for cattle. “Attacks in villages in Benue state since the start of January have left 73 people dead. With communities razed and buildings destroyed, the state emergency agency says 40,000 people have been displaced by the attacks. In a somber event, the 73 victims of the killings were laid to rest in a mass burial sponsored by the state government yesterday (Jan. 11). Human rights group Amnesty International says the violence is ‘reaching a boiling point of total anarchy.”

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The rights group said too that on JANUARY 23, 2021 when Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo, ordered herders to vacate the forest reserves over rising insecurity in the state, the Miyetti Allah group said they would not vacate the forests. Governor Akeredolu had said “bad elements” had turned the forest reserves into hideouts for keeping victims of kidnapping, negotiating ransom and carrying out other criminal activities.

Miyetti Allah’s chieftain Bodejo had said thus: “No herdsman will obey the governor. The herdsmen will not step an inch out of Ondo forests; they are going nowhere. We won’t obey the governor; it is only the constitution of Nigeria that we obey. All the lands in this country belong to the Fulani…”

HURIWA said in a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf,  that from the above historical trajectory,  it was clear that MACBAN ought to have been declared a terrorist group by President Buhari but the government being so sectional decided otherwise.

The rights group carpeted the Federal Government for failing to declare as terrorists the armed Fulani militia in the forests of Zamfara who shot down a military jet belonging to the Nigeria Air force.

The rights group therefore wondered why the attorney general of the Federation and minister of justice is after Indigenous People of Biafra and the Yoruba nation group but has failed to take similar steps against his kinsmen who are armed and dangerous.

 

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Police Teargas EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Tollgate

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Some EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate, Lagos State, were teargassed by the police on Wednesday.

The protesters, who gathered for the EndSARS memorial protest at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos State, were dispersed by men of the police force.

The demonstrators had gathered to call for justice for protesters who were allegedly shot dead on October 20, 2020

The EndSARS protests which were held in October 2020 were against the activities of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force accused of brutality.

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However, on Wednesday the peaceful protest was disrupted by police officers who fired teargas at the youths.
The protesters scampered for safety as they chanted “EndSARS”.

 

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Pro-Buhari Protesters Say Nobody Died At Lekki Tollgate

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Protesters loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday converged on the Unity Fountain in Abuja, saying “nobody died at Lekki tollgate” in Lagos.

The protesters who were conveyed to the venue on a bus, held up placards stating,”#EndSarsProtest; Lekki shooting was a hoax”, and ”Nobody died at Lekki tollgate”.

On October 20, 2020, soldiers reportedly opened fire on protesters campaigning against police brutality at Lekki tollgate.

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While some reports, including civil society groups say some protesters were killed in the attack, the federal government has disputed this account.

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, on Wednesday described the Lekki incident as a ”phantom massacre”.

Nigerians poured into the streets in Lagos, Abuja and other places on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protest.

 

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A year after the EndSARS protest, Information Minister Lai Mohammed has insisted that there was no massacre of Nigerians at Lekki where the event held last year.

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During a news conference in Abuja, Mohammed said that most of the claims of killings were false and misleading as most of those who made the claims of losing people were yet to show up and give evidence a year after such allegations.

 

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