– Ebonyi government has reacted to a fake video of an alleged attack on herders in the state
– Governor Dave Umahi described the video as mischievous and called for an investigation
– Ebonyi state Miyetti Allah also described the video as an “orchestrated attempt by mischief makers and enemies of peace”
Dave Umahi, governor of Ebonyi, has described as fake the video circulating that Fulani herdsmen are being chased out of the southeastern state.
The governor made this reaction on Monday, January 4, and ordered the prompt arrest of people behind the circulation of the old fake video.
While mandating the security agencies to investigate the video, Umahi said the development has plunged the state into panic and tension.
He added that there must be an increase in security surveillance at the grassroots level, and also maintained that all hands must be on deck.
“Security personnel must ensure that those behind the circulation of the video, which has caused panic across the country, are brought to book.
“We must increase our security surveillance at the grassroots level. I urge the security agencies to step up and arrest persons circulating the video on social media.”
Miyetti Allah reacts
Speaking on the video, the Ebonyi state chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) urged the general public to disregard the clip in circulation.
The association, which spoke through its secretary Inusa Sani, said the video is an “orchestrated attempt by mischief makers and enemies of peace.”
Sani said no Fulani herdsman was attacked or chased out of Ebonyi state, adding that “what happened was that on January 2, one of us, Alhaji Adamu, residing at Ozibo village in Nkaleke Ichaba/Enyibishiri community, informed the association of his relocation to Taraba state.”
Meanwhile, the Fulani cattle rearers association called on the federal government to treat the EndSAR protest with an iron fist, saying the demonstration is to “bring down” the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking in an interview with Saturday Sun, national president of the association, Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, said the protest, though justified, has lived off its time.
The Miyetti Alla president, who stated that he was happy when the protest started, confirmed that many members of the association have been victims of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit.
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