DSS swoops on Miyetti Allah’s president for setting up vigilance group

Many Nigerians have commended the reported arrest of Miyetti Allah’s President, Bello Bodejo for allegedly forming an illegal vigilance group without the approval of the Federal Government.

Many commentators see the action as a good one to checkmate the rising profile of insecurity across the country.

One of the commentators, who chose to be anonymous said this would have been impossible under the immediate past Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari’s administration who he said pampered the Fulani as his brothers.

He said that the Fulani did all sorts of things with impunity which caused the untimely deaths of many Nigerians with reference to herdsmen clashes with farmers in many parts of the country , yet non of them was arrested let alone prosecuting them.

The commentators are of the opinion that the Federal Government should without restraints rise against any activity that could lead to security challenges, that such group must be disbanded no matter who is behind the formation.

Daily Sun reported that the Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested the President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Bodejo, over the creation of a vigilance group in Nasarawa State, to protect his members.

Bodejo was said to have been arrested by a combined team of DSS and soldiers at the Miyetti Allah’s Head Office, located at Tundun Maliya Cattle Market, Kilometre 22, Abuja-Keffi Expressway, Tundun-Wada, Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, yesterday.Ezoic

The newly created security outfit known as Nomad’s Vigilance Group, has drawn criticism from Nigerians who fear that the creation of the Nomad’s Vigilance Group could cause violence across the country in the future. It was gathered that the group was not registered with the security agencies as required before setting up a security outfit.

However, the DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, was yet to confirm or deny the arrest at the time of filing this report.Ezoic

Commentators on social media said the DSS operatives, alongside some soldiers of the Nigerian Army, stormed the Miyetti Allah’s head office, close to Goshen Church, at about 3:40pm, yesterday, as they drove off after arresting Bodejo at the gate.

Upon the creation of the vigilance group, Bodejo had emphasised that the volunteer vigilantes would strictly adhere to the country’s existing laws in their operations.

Bodejo, who spoke during the inauguration of the group in Lafia, Nasarawa State, urged the volunteer vigilantes to work in collaboration with the police, army, and other security agencies to ensure a more comprehensive approach to security across the 13 local councils of the state.

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