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Foreign Militias behind trending abduction video in Niger State ~ Group

By Centus Nweze

Global Peace and Life Rescue Initiative has reacted to a video from Niger State where some bandits armed with weapons abducted scores of people in the state were seen in show of strength.

According to the Group which focuses on global peace, security and public safety, the video points to a possibility of invasion of parts of the country by suspected foreign militia herders, who have continued to kill, kidnap, rape, maim and carry out other forms of bestial activities.

In a statement by its Executive Director, Amb. Melvin Ejeh, these high rate of crimes across the country, specifically attributed to the Fulani herders which has caused ethnic tensions, is something the federal and state governments need to pay more attention to.

It recalled that the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai had on Monday, expressed fears over the bold attitude of perpetrators of these crimes to confront troops and other trained security personnel, insisting that the video of helpless citizens seen with the bandits depicted a country being run by foreign invaders.

“Civil war is looming in the country if nothing is done urgently. Nigerians must stop the blame game, irrespective of ethnic, political, and religious differences and solve this problem at once,”it said.

According to the group, the nature of the armed militia herders gives an indication that they are not indigenous Fulani from Nigeria who are known to have lived peacefully for ages with their host communities across the country.

They maintained that the foreign invaders have an agenda to loot, while instilling fear in their victims, with a view to actualising their objective.

While wondering where they derived the boldness and audacity to attack soldiers and other security operatives on patrol, ambush and other operations, the coalition called for vigilance, which it noted, is the price for freedom.

It called on regional security outfits to bury the thought of defeating these terrorists alone, saying they must work in close synergy with the military and other security agencies, to achieve the collective aim.

This was as it added that, as part of holistic measures to contain the rapacious activities of the violent herders, regional blocks, individuals and groups must bury their differences and close ranks, in recognition of the fact that what is happening is an attack on our collective being, and not on any particular ethnic group.

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