Ortom hates Miyetti Allah, Fulani group says

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The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has reacted to the attack on Governor Samuel Ortom’s convoy along Tyomu community in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State.

Gov Ortom alleged that the attack was carried out by Fulani herdsmen. He said he was waylaid around 11am in Tyomu, a rural community on the outskirts of Makurdi Metropolis.

But the national leadership and Benue State chapter of Miyetti Allah countered, saying the governor was lying.

The national leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has also dismissed the allegation that it is behind the attack.

Speaking to Daily Trust, the National President of the group, Abdullahi Bello Bodejo, said Ortom harboured malice against the group after they sued him over the controversial anti-grazing law he enacted in Benue.

“There was nothing secret about the conference we held in Yola. We called for unity and sensitised Fulani on the need for peaceful coexistence with other people. Ortom lied, we don’t know anything about the said attack.

“Ortom hates Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore ever since we took him to court. We are still in court with him. If he claims we said something in Yola; yes, we called on him to review the law because Fulani are losing their cattle.”

“Journalists (in Yola) asked me about the Benue anti-grazing law; I explained that the law was discriminatory. The Fulani are being fined unjustly. We advised him to review the law because the Fulani are forced to sell their cows to pay fine,” he said.