Ajulo denies rumoured attack by Fulani herdsmen in Ondo State
Yoruba youths reject joint security with Miyetti Allah
An Abuja-based lawyer and human rights activist, Dr. Kayode Ajulo, yesterday denied rumours that he was attacked by herdsmen, but confirmed that he met Fulani vigilance group carrying guns around Akoko, Ondo State on his way from Akure.
In a statement yesterday, Ajulo noted that when he encountered them, they confirmed that they were members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Vigilance group.
He, however, cautioned that Nigerians should not allow ethnicity and sentiment to becloud their sense of judgment and humanity in the war against insecurity.
Ajulo said when he sighted them, he stopped to inquire from them what they were doing on the highway with guns and discovered that they were members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Vigilante group whose operation is known to all the security apparatuses in the area.
He said: ‘It is true that I was in Akure, Ondo State from Friday, July 19, 2019 to Sunday, July 22, 2019 for my mother’s investiture as the Chief Matron of Christ Anglican Church, Oke-Ifira-Akoko, Ondo State.
“On my way back to Abuja on July 22, 2019 in the company of some security men, we saw two men on the highway carrying locally made guns.
“I, therefore, wish to debunk the account that I was stopped by Fulani herdsmen as peddled by some persons. Our interaction was a voluntary undertaking as part of my profiling as a discerning leader of my community, who is desirous of curbing insecurity in Nigeria,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association (YYSA) has rejected joint security operations between the Yoruba and Miyetti Allah.
The group disclosed this in a statement issued by its National President, Olalekan Hammed in Ibadan, Oyo State yesterday.