Adelani Adepegba and Godwin Isenyo
A civil rights coalition, #Ourmumudondo, on Monday stormed the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, in Abuja, in protest against killings by the herdsmen in parts of the country.
The group, in its petition which was submitted to the AGF office, expressed its displeasure over the carnage and killings by unknown gunmen across the country.
“In 2018 alone, hundreds of innocent Nigerians have been cut down by this group, and hundreds of communities have been affected by its wanton destruction of human lives and properties, so much so that President Muhammadu Buhari had to publicly declare during his recent visits to the United Kingdom and the United States of America that Nigeria was under the invasion of killer herdsmen from Libya,” the petition read in part.
It was co-signed by Charles Oputa (OurMumuDonDo); Deji Adeyanju (Concerned Nigerians); Ariyo Atoye (Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy), Bako Usman (Campaign For Democracy) and Moses Paul (MAD Connect).
The group called for the proscription of the killer herdsmen and their designation as a terrorist group which it argued would give the Federal Government a greater leverage to seek better regional cooperation and international support to confront and address the menace concertedly.
“The fact that the Federal Government has banned open grazing of cattle has provided a significant window for security agencies to identify these killer herdsmen so that they can go after them and also investigate their funding to unravel those who are secretly colluding with the group,” the coalition submitted.
The campaigners noted that the 2019 general elections were just about 281 days away, stressing that it was crucial that all traces of violence be completely erased.
They urged the AGF to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to proscribe and designate the killer herdsmen a terrorist group in Nigeria.
“By doing so, we believe that the Federal Government will be one step further in ending this deadly group, at the soonest time possible,” the activists noted.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday ordered soldiers to flush out bandits in the troubled Birnin-Gwari area in Kaduna State within three weeks.
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