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Court To Rule On Herdsmen Proscription Suit June 21



The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has fixed June 21 to deliver ruling in suit seeking the proscription of Fulani herdsmen as a terrorist organization.
Justice Gabriel Kolawole fixed the date after listening to an exparte application moved by Matthew Nyiutsa, seeking the leave of court to compel President Muhammadu Buhari and Attorney General of the Federation to move a court of competent jurisdiction to proscribe Fulani herdsmen operating in Benue State and Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore as terrorist and terrorist organisations respectively.
The plaintiff who appeared in person told the court that he is a victim of continuing Fulani herdsmen attacks on communities in Benue State, which resulted in deaths of over 200 persons, destruction of both private and public properties like residential houses, hospitals/clinics, churches. Schools, bridges, markets worth billions of naira, grievous bodily injuries to several hundreds of thousands of persons from their ancestral homes, and take-over and occupation of ancestral houses of displaced persons by Fulani herdsmen in Mbadwen, Uvir, Mbabai, Nyier, Mbayer/Yandev and Saghev Council wards of Guma Local government and some parts of Gwer- West Local government Areas of the State.
He submitted that the series of armed attacks particularly from January 1, 2018 to May, 2018 on inhabitants of communities in Guma, Logo, Makurdi, Gwer-East, Buruku, Tarka, Katsina-Ala and Ukum Local government Areas of Benue state by Fulani herdsmen using sophisticated weapons like AK- 47 automatic riffles amounted to acts of terrorism as defined under section 1(3) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 as amended.
Nyiutsa further submitted that his right to ventilate his predicament under section 6 [6] [b] of the 1999 constitution, must be preserved and protected by the court.
He referred the court to the case of Governor of Ekiti State V Fakiyesi [2010] to convince the court as to his locus standi to institute the case.
Besides, the lawyer submitted that where an applicant shows some sincere concern on some constitutional issues as well as the nature of the breach of duty, the court can hear him.


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