Representative of Miyetti Allah tenders apology to the governor of Benue state on the organisations behalf
The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, representative of herders across Nigeria, has apologized to the Governor of Benue, Samuel Ortom, over killings in the north central state carried out by members of the organisation.
In a statement by the state government on Saturday, October 26, the herdsmen group was said to have issued the apology through its national secretary, Saleh Alhassan, on Friday, October 25.
According to Alhassan, he and members of the group regretted the deaths caused by killer herdsmen. He vowed to work for harmonious living between herdsmen and farmers in the state.
The Miyetti Allah scribe, who spoke at a peace meeting in Makurdi which was organized by the Chairman of Air Peace, Chief Allen Onyeama, praised Ortom for standing for the security of his people.
On his part, Ortom assured the group that the anti-open grazing bill passed by the Benue Assembly several months ago was not to attack herdsmen but to protect lives and properties of both herders and farmers.
Earlier, it was reported that the governor called for border closure. The governor said the foreign herders were unfit to have access into Nigerian territories because of the arms they carry and later use to attack communities including those in Benue.
Ortom made the appeal on Monday, October 21 when he visited a female victim of suspected herdsmen attack whose limb was amputated while working on her farm in Guma local council of Benue.