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18 Oct 2018

Herdsmen killings: Tiv people drag Buhari, Miyetti Allah to court, demand heavy compensation

The Incorporated Trustees of Mdzough U Tiv, a socio-cultural association of the Tiv people, have dragged the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and President Muhammadu Buhari to court.

The body filed N550 billion fundamental rights suit against Buhari and Miyetti Allah at a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

In the suit which has the President General of the Mdzough-U-Tiv, Mr Edward Ujege, as plaintiff, the Tiv people are demanding compensation for damages for the victims of attacks by herdsmen in Benue State.

Others listed as respondents in the suit: are the Incorporated Trustees of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore; Abdullahi Bodejo, Saleh Al Hassan; Garius Gololo and Husaini Bosso.

The body is also seeking a court order directing President Buhari to provide “effective security and protection to all surviving victims and members of the affected communities in their ancestral homes” across Benue State.

The suit highlighted the destruction caused by armed herdsmen across the state.

Presiding over the matter yesterday, Justice I. Ekwo ordered that the court processes be served on the respondents through newspaper publication.

The trial judge, consequently fixed hearing for October 24, 2018.

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