February 28, 2021

“We guard against bandits not Herdsmen,” Vigilante group tells fleeing MACBAN members

Herdsmen reportedly Evacuate Niger for fear of insecurity

Vigilante officials in Niger State say they guard against armed bandits, not peaceful Fulani herdsmen.

A top Commander of the group, Mr. Ahmed Gwani told Journalists on Tuesday that the group has a mandate to protect all peaceful citizens, while fighting criminals in the State.

Gwani dismissed reports that the group killed some Fulani herdsmen last week, saying, Vigilante members come from all tribes and religions, and are law abiding.

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) had alleged that the Vigilante group killed about 20 of its members.

Deputy National President of the Association, Alhaji Usaini Yusuf Bosso, most of those attacked were burnt beyond recognition.

An acclaimed eyewitness of the violence, Mr. Muhammadu Dabo said three of his children were burnt in his presence in Tashar Hajiya village of Mashegu Local Government Council of Niger state by the Vigilante members.

The Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim said the state was investigating the claims.

Government is will do everything to enforce peace and order in the State, Ahmed said.

Some Fulani herders are however said to be relocating from the State, raising fears of impending attacks on minority tribes.