We are not criminal organisation, Miyetti Allah tells Ortom

The leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has distanced itself from the assassination attempt on Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom.

Secretary-General, MACBAN, Mallam Usman Baba-Ngelzerma, on Monday stated that the group was not a criminal association in the business and killing and maiming people.

His comments are coming on the heels of allegation made by Ortom pointing accusing fingers at the group shortly after he escaped an assassination attempt on Saturday in the hands of the people he suspected to be herdsmen numbering about 15 whom he claimed attacked him in his farm at Tyo-Mu community, near Makurdi, the state capital.

Reacting to the allegation on Monday, MACBAN secretary-general said, “First, we have to condemn the attack. Then, secondly, if there was an attack, that must be a criminal activity which must be directed to the security agencies for proper investigation.”

“As far as we are concerned, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association has never had meeting anywhere in Adamawa State because I read on social media that there was a meeting in Adamawa State where that arrangement was made. My association did not have any meeting in Adamawa State.

“Our association is not a criminal association, we don’t know anything about any attack anywhere. If there was an attack, let the security agencies find out who attacked him. That is the proper channel to be followed, you don’t politicise criminality. Crime is a crime by whomever. Let the security agencies fish out the perpetrators of the act,” Baba-Ngelzerma added.

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