Fulani Herdsmen Empowered by Money-Laundering, Terror Financing – MIRAN
The minority interest rights advocates in Nigeria (MIRAN), a coalition of civil society groups has called on the governments of Benue and Nasarawa states to immediately constitute an all-inclusive panel of enquires in their respective states on the Agatu massacre and bring the sponsors and perpetrators of the inhuman acts to justice.
Speaking at an emergency meeting in Abuja to deliberate on the menace of rampaging Fulani herdsmen across the country, group leader Comrade Iyah Iyah called on the Economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC) to critically look into cattle herds financing as it can be inextricably linked to money laundering and possible terror financing in Nigeria, while condemning the recent position of the Northern Governors as clannish and manipulative, just like in the Boko Haram days of the past administration.
Vanguard reports that the group also advised President Muhammad Buhari to rise to the present security challenges in the country before it spirals out of control, even as they called on all hands to be on deck in tackling the monster.
While praising the success recorded in the north-east against Boko Haram, MIRAN also warned that the feat achieved on that front is being eroded by the activities of the so called herdsmen.
The leadership of the National Assembly also got some flak as they were accused of being silent when the Idoma ethnic group in Agatu areas of Benue state were massacred and their lands occupied by the Fulani herdsmen in their hundreds.
They concluded by taking the EFCC to task on unraveling the financing of these blood-thirsty herdsmen, as it was within the paradigms of the federal government’s anti-corruption crusade and could go a long way in ridding the country of all forms of terrorism.
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