The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) on Saturday said the anti-grazing marshals commissioned by Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose was “capable of creating uncontrollable scenarios whose ramification may go well beyond Ekiti State.”
The governor had inaugurated the vigilabte group on Thursday, saddling them with the responsibility of keeping cattles off the road and seizing any seen grazing after 6 pm.
In a statement by its spokesman, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, the association said Fayose unleash the marshals “against our members whose herds of cattle had gone to a stream at Agon Bridge on Federal Polytechnic road between the time of 2:00 – 2:30 PM to quench their thirst on Friday 21st October 2016”.
The statement reads in part, “We have been reliably alerted an impeccable source in Ado- Ekiti that the Anti-maul vigilante group shot five cows and carted away with the meat but the herdsman was able to flee with the rest of his cattle.
“We are hereby constrained to implore the federal government through its security agencies to wade into this unprovoked and primitive aggression against our members, before this macabre incident develops into unquenchable inferno involving our members and Ekiti State government.
“No Cattle strayed into anybody’s farmland around that area in question. As such, the actions of the Anti-malu vigilante are not ant only provoking, but capable of creating uncontrollable scenarios whose ramification may go well beyond Ekiti State.
“That the brutality of the Ekiti Grazing enforcement marshals (popularly known as Anti- malu) on herdsmen is even outside the time stipulated by that law (if the law exists at all).
“The federal overnment should therefore look into the actions and activities of this committee because we cannot fold our hands while the only means of survival of our members is taken away and destroyed.
“MACBAN has instructed victims of this aggression and its members nationwide to exercise maximum restrain while we work towards resolving this unfortunate incident through mature and civilized manners.”