The Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) members have accused President Muhammad Buhari of being involved in Fulani herdsmen attacks in Ekiti state. The group expressed their anger over lack of arrests after the massacre of 13 locals by the herders in Nimbo on April 25. Indignant at the connivance of the government in dealing with Fulani herdsmen crisis in Ekiti state, the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) suggested that President Muhammad Buhari’s inaction could be a sign of his involvement in attacks and even sponsoring.
The organisation stressed that had anything similar happen in another country in Africa, Europe or any other part of the world, Buhari would have been among the first to condemn the killings but keep pretending that nothing is going on in his own country. The CLO also insisted on monitoring the arrest and prosecution of Ibrahim Adamumale, 20, a suspected Fulani herdsmen, arrested in Affa, Udi Local Government Area of Enugu state for possessing of an AK-47 rifle with 24 rounds of live ammunition. Besides, the group condemned the the backdrop of the arrest of the alleged masterminds of massacre in Nimbo on April 25, where 13 natives were killed despite credible technical intelligence.
The suspects arrested in the Nimbo attack were: Mohammed Zurai, Ciroma Musa, Sale Adamu, Suleiman Laute, and Haruna Laute. Alhaji Danjuma Gambo, the CLO member, said: “We are wondering whether the president, who ran for office, four consecutive times never had an agenda for Nigeria. With a little above one year in office, the country is now in a terrible mess where people can no longer sit down peacefully in their own ancestral homes.
The development that a herdsman was arrested by police last Monday is not the first. Exactly four months ago, the same Fulani herdsmen attacked Nimbo, killing about 13 persons. This is apart from burning of houses ,raping of women and children and destruction of farmlands. The five suspects arrested in the Nimbo massacre made confessional statements to the killings in Nimbo. Will the investigation take eternity when the same police said the suspects have made confessional statements?
The Inspector General of Police should account for the five suspects and tell us where they are four months after the investigation. Police in Enugu must tell us how the suspect got the sophisticated AK-47 rifle and also prosecute him to bring closure to these cases. Justice should be seen to be done. Buhari has never condemned herdsmen activities and his body language suggests that he sponsors their activities.”
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