Controversy over Miyetti Allah Vigilante group on patrol of Ondo State highways

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Pic.13. Acting IGP, Mohammed Adamu, during the handing over ceremony of the 19th to the 20th IGP at the Police Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday (16/1/19). 00555/16/1/2019/Anthony Alabi/NAN
  • We’re not aware, say Police.

Controversy broke out on Monday over the involvement of the Fulani Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria known as Miyetti Allah over a joint patrol with men of the State Police Command on Federal Highways in Ondo State.
A human rights lawyer, Mr Kayode Ajulo, who met with the Fulani Vigilante Group on his way to Abuja on Sunday, alleged that the group armed with guns and cutlasses were on joint patrol with the police.
But the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Mr Femi Joseph said the Police Command is not aware of any vigilante group that is patrolling the highways in the state.
Joseph said there are some local vigilantes working with the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in different divisions in the state in order to stamp out criminal activities in the state.
Ajulo, who spoke about his encounter with the group, said his encounter with the Vigilante Group should not be politicized.
Ajulo, who spoke with New Telegraph on phone Monday said: “If it comes to issue of security, we must secure our lives and properties. When it comes to politics, it is something else. We should not mess security with politics.”