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Lawyer Seeks Declaration of Herdsmen as Terrorist Group over Killings

A Makurdi-based legal practitioner, Matthew Nyiutsa has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare herdsmen in Benue state as a terrorist group.

Mr Nyiutsa on Friday filed an exparte motion seeking to compel the President and the Attorney General of the Federation, to move a court of competent jurisdiction and declare herdsmen operating in Benue State under the name of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore , as a terrorist organisation.

In addition, the plaintiff is seeking the prohibition of all activities of herdsmen in Benue State that has resulted in the deliberate and intentional killings, wanton destruction of both private and public properties including residential and commercial houses, schools, hospitals/clinic, markets, water boreholes/reservoirs, invasion of ancestral lands of the inhabitants as acts of terrorism under the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 as amended.

The exparte motion dated and filed at the registry of the court on May 11, 2018, was brought pursuant to order 34 Rule (2) and (3) of the Federal High Court (civil procedure) rules, 2009 and under the inherent jurisdiction of the court.

Mr. Nyiusta who resides in Guma Local government Area of the state, says he is one of the numerous victims of continuing herdsmen attacks on communities in Benue State.

The matter is yet to be assigned to any Judge.

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