MACBAN slams Fayose over arrest of herdsmen’s cow

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The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has condemned the recent attack and arrest of Fulani herdsmen’s cow in Ekiti state.
– MACBAN condemns the recent attack and arrest of Fulani herdsmen’s cow in Ekiti state by Governor Fayose
– The group urges the federal government to intervene in the matter 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 to Naijaxrated.com, 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 bona fide citizens of the country.
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 environment. The group said:“We see this act as an upsolute brutality exhibited by the perpetrators and condemnable in all its ramifications. We call on the security to do all it could to fish out and  bring these criminals to book.”
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.
Last week, Fayose was seen personally inspecting the arrest of herdsmen’s cow at Ikole Ekiti, area of the state. A post released on Thursday, October 13, by Fayose’s spokesman, Lere Olayinka, said the governor was on his way to Ikole Ekiti, when he came across herdsmen along Afao Ekiti road, grazing on someone’s farmland. the governor stopped and personally saw to it that one of the cows was “arrested” by youths who chasedit after the herdsmen ran into the bush upon seeing the governor’s security men. The remaining cows ran into the bush too. Naijaxrated.com recalls that Fayose had in August signed the anti-grazing bill into law at the government House Chambers after the bill was deliberated on by the State House of Assembly.The bill was sponsored by the executive after the killing of two persons by suspected herdsmen in Oke Ako community in Ikole Local Government Area of the state.

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