SAN FRANCISCO, March 12, (THEWILL) – The Chairman, Miyetti Allah Group in Benue State, Ubbi Haruna, has denied allegations that Miyetti Allah group is responsible for the killings and attacks in Benue State.
Haruna made this known during a stakeholder meeting by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday with various groups in Benue State in the bid to find a lasting solution to the incessant attacks and killings in the state.
The meeting had in attendance, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom and other top government officials in the state. Representatives of farmers in Benue State, Benue State Livestock guard, Benue Joint Sociocultural Group Mzough U-Tiv, among others.
During the meeting which was held at the Government House in Makurdi, Benue State capital the groups explained their various positions over the killings.
According to Haruna, the allegation against the group is ‘totally misleading’.
“The association has always appreciated peaceful and harmonious coexistence between farmers and herdsmen,” he said.
“Going forward, there will be peace in the state. Let bygone be bygone to allow peace and security to prevail.”
On his part, the representative of Benue farmers, Mr Terlumun Akputu, said the peasant farmers are threatened by starvation as a result of the increased attacks and asked President Buhari to put in place irrigation and farm input programmes to help the farmers recover from the loss of their farmland, food, and source of livelihood.
“More than 160, 000 of peasant farmers are now refugees in their own land because of the herdsman attacks on their communities and farms,” Akputu said.