Fulani group asks National Human Rights Commission to investigate alleged killings of its members’ children in Kogi

Fulani group asks National Human Rights Commission to investigate alleged killings of its members’ children in Kogi

The Matasan Fulani Association of Nigeria (AMFON) has called on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate the alleged killing of three children of its members in Elaye, Kaba, Kogi State.

The association, in a petition dated July 9, 2024, addressed to the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Dr. Tony Ojukwu (SAN), appealed to the Commission to assist in recovering the police officers from the victims in the bush and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Presenting the petition to the NHRC boss, through the Director, Corporate Affairs and External Linkages of the Commission, Mr Obina Nwakonye, ​​the Secretary of the association, Idris Salisu, alleged that a gang of hunters and vigilantes attacked, robbed and killed three children of their members and carted away a total sum of N1.6 million which they obtained from the sale of their cows.

According to Salisu, the association is yet to recover the dead bodies of Yusuf Muhammadu Sani, Muhammadu Aliyu and Abubakar Dangi killed by the gang for burial.

The association claimed that the gang of hunters and vigilantes attacked and killed other members of the Fulani group without their bodies being recovered and that the gang attacked the police investigating the case.

They accused the gang of extorting money from members of the association and that when such an incident is reported to the village chief of Elaye, nothing will be done.

While noting that the Fulani youths in the area will not engage in any reprisal attacks, the AMFON secretary indicated that the association will patiently await the outcome of the investigation by the National Human Rights Commission.

The association told the NHRC boss that its members are genuine citizens of the country, law-abiding businessmen, who have been in the livestock sector for many years in Elaye, Kaba, Kogi State.

Receiving the petition on behalf of the NHRC boss, the Director of Corporate Affairs and External Linkages of the Commission, Mr Nwakonye, ​​sympathised with the Fulani group over the killings.

He assured that the petition will be forwarded to the Executive Secretary of the Commission, who will take appropriate measures to address their complaints.

Nwakonye advised them to remain law abiding, maintain peace in their places of residence and obey the rule of law.

Addressing journalists after submitting the petition, the AMFON Secretary said the Nigerian Police and other security agencies are trained to provide security in the country and wondered why hunters and vigilantes, who have no training, are being engaged to provide security in the state.

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