Fayose under attack over arrest of herdsmen’s cow

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of
Nigeria (MACBAN) on Saturday, October 22,
condemned the recent attack and arrest of Fulani
herdsmen’s cow in Ekiti state.

In a statement made available, Baba
Othman Ngelzarma, the general secretary of the
group described the attack as an unscrupulous
action of Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state
against its members who are bonafide citizens of
the country.

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of
Nigeria has condemned the recent attack and
arrest of Fulani herdsmen’s cow in Ekiti state.
MACBAN recalled that Fayose last Thursday
inaugurated a vigilante group, Ekiti Grazing
Enforcement Marshals (EGEM), popularly called
‘Anti-malu’ “in furtherance of his threat to banish
herdsmen from Ekiti state.

According to the group, “Fayose unleashed the
marshals against our members whose herds of
cattle had gone to a stream at Agon Bridge on
Federal Polytechnic road between the time of 2.00
– 2.30pm to quench their thirst on Friday October
21.”
The statement added: “ We have been reliably
alerted an impeccable source in Ado- Ekiti that the
Anti-maul vigilante group shot five cows and
carted away with the meat but the herdsman was
able to flee with the rest of his cattle.
“We are hereby constrained to implore the federal
government through its security agencies to wade
into this unprovoked and primitive aggression
against our members before this macabre incident
develops into unquenchable inferno involving our
members and Ekiti State government.
“No cattle strayed into anybody’s farmland around
that area in question. As such, the actions of the
Anti-malu vigilante are not ant only provoking, but
capable of creating uncontrollable scenarios whose
ramification may go well beyond Ekiti state.
“As far as we know, Ekiti state is not an island of
its own but a state within the federal Republic of
Nigeria and while the governor is permitted to
carry out actions geared towards protecting the
interest of Ekiti state, such actions should follow
the rule of law.
“We deplore this act of brigandage and call on
Governor Ayodele Fayose to offer an unreserved
apology to MACBAN, and equally set machinery in
motion with a view to compensate our members
who lost five cows in this primitive adventure.
“That the brutality of the Ekiti Grazing enforcement
marshals (popularly known as Anti- malu) on
herdsmen is even outside the time stipulated by
that law (if the law exists at all).”
MACBAN also urged the federal government to
intervene in the matter.
“The federal government should therefore look into
the actions and activities of this committee
because we cannot fold our hands while the only
means of survival of our members is taken away
and destroyed.
“MACBAN has instructed victims of this aggression
and its members nationwide to exercise maximum
restrain while we work towards resolving this
unfortunate incident through mature and civilized
manners,” the group said.
MACBAN also sympathized with the government of
Kaduna state and the entire Kaduna South
inhabitants over the recent incident that had
claimed many lives as a result of a discord
between Fulani herdsmen and communities
surrounding Godogodo environ.

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