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Berom Militia to blame for Plateau crisis, says Miyetti Allah


A member of the security forces stands next to a burnt out vehicle in the Nghar Village, near Jos on June 27, 2018, after Fulani herdsmen attacked the village. Plateau State in Nigeria has seen days of violence where more than 200 people have been killed in clashes between Berom farmers and Fulani herders, Nigeria is facing an escalation in clashes between farmers and Fulani herders over land use and resources that is deepening along religious and ethnic lines. STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP

SouthEast Zone Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Gidado Siddiki has dissociated the group from the incessant crisis rocking Plateau State allegedly targeted at Christians.

In a press statement signed on behalf of members and made available yesterday in Awka, Anambra state, Siddiki claimed that evidence shows that the Berom militia mounted road blocks at vintage locations and molested whoever they counted an enemy, Christian or Muslim.

According to him, statistics shows that from 2016 till date, they have lost over 500 persons in the Plateau, Benue and Taraba crisis on their way either to the North or South East.

He, however, canvassed for peaceful co-existence among hosts and Fulani communities, saying violence serves nobody any good.

He advised that whoever is found guilty of contravening the law should be made to face the consequence, irrespective of their leanings, religious or tribe, adding that it is only by so doing the government will be seen to be responsive to its duty of providing security for all.

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