The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Group of Nigeria (MACBAN) has asked the federal government to disregard Benue state governor Samuel Ortom’s call for the association to be declared a terrorist organization.


The Benue state governor had petitioned the federal government to name MACBAN a terrorist group just hours after the federal government gazetted an ordinance identifying bandits as terrorists.

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Governor Ortom’s plea was condemned as “unpatriotic” by Baba Ngelzarma, the national secretary of MACBAN. Ortom’s animosity for the Fulani was “undeniable,” he said, adding that “he has demonstrated beyond reasonable question that he is an unreliable leader.”

“We are not at all surprised at the recent call by Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue State for the proscription of our association (MACBAN) going by his antecedents, whose stock in trade is fanning the embers of hatred between peaceful Nigerians that have been living in peace for many centuries,” he said in a statement.

We, therefore, call on the federal government to ignore this unpatriotic call by a wayward governor who is hell-bent on putting this country into unnecessary crisis.

MACBAN is not and will never be a terrorist organisation.

We are fully registered with the regulatory agencies with clear vision and mission to foster peaceful coexistence to our teeming members as well as serving humanity positively.”he said

In other news, the father of late Dowen College student, Sylvester Oromoni has vowed never to bury his son until his son gets justice for his death.

This reaction from Slyvester Oromoni Snr came after the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumuso said that the autopsy carried out on Late Oromoni Jnr’s body in Warri and Lagos shows he died a natural death.

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“Our findings at the second autopsy include marked pallor of organs, pneumonia (infection of the lungs), infections of the liver and kidneys as well as the heart. These infections emanated from the ankle infection described earlier in the report. Microscopic sections also confirmed these findings.

The findings in the oesophagus and stomach are not compatible with chemical intoxication. Death, in this case, is natural.” Odumosu said.

In an interview with Punch, Mr. Oromoni said, “The family does not have power. We only rely on God. If they insist that the school will reopen, there is no problem. If God keeps me for 20 or 30 years, I will follow up on this case.

The government will come, the government will go. I am not bothered. The soul of that boy is crying round. God is alive; He cannot be bribed.

“My son will never be buried. If it takes me 30 years to get justice, he would remain there (in the mortuary). He is my son; I won’t bury him. Nigerians should look beyond what they are saying.”