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Operation Cat Race has failed—Rights group

By Peter Duru

MAKURDI—Independent Human Rights and Crime Monitoring Group, IHRCMG, has accused the Nigerian military of encouraging the influx of cattle into Benue State and takeover of Benue communities by herdsmen in violation of the Open Grazing Prohibition Law of the state.

Speaking on the execution of the military’s Exercise Ayem A’ Kpatuma (Cat Race) in in Makurdi, yesterday, the Team Leader, Solomon Adodo, regretted that the state had witnessed more killings, destruction of farmlands and houses despite the coming of the military.

The group also accused the Federal Government of complicity in the crisis bedevilling the state, alleging that the government was not doing enough.

He said: “Exercise Ayem A’ Kpatum (Cat Race) is causing more harm than good to Benue communities. Rather than bring peace, the military have been encouraging more herdsmen to move into Benue communities.”

 


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