DSS arrests Miyetti Allah’s president over creation of vigilante group

The Department of State Services (DSS), have arrested President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Bodejo, following the recent creation of a vigilante group in Nasarawa State.

According to The Punch, Bodejo was arrested on Tuesday, January 23 at the Miyetti Allah’s Head Office in Tundun-Wada, Karu Local Government Area of the state.

It was gathered that operatives of the secret service alongside a group of military officers stormed the Head Office close to Goshen Church, at about 3:40 pm.

A DSS source confirmed the arrest to The Punch and said Bodejo was arrested over fears that the creation of the nomad’s vigilante group could cause violence across the country.

The source said; “Our (DSS) operatives and soldiers of the Nigerian Army stormed the Miyetti Allah’s Head Office in Nasarawa this afternoon, and we’ve arrested their National President, Bello Bodejo, for creating a vigilante group that is not recognised by the government.

“The creation of that nomad’s vigilante group could cause violence in the country. The group was not registered with the DSS, the police, or any other security agency, and the group is not recognised by the Federal Government.”

Meanwhile, National Secretary Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Al-Hassan, however, denied claims that Bodejo’s arrest was ove the creation of the vigilante unit.

He said; “Yes, our National President has been arrested. It was soldiers of the Nigerian Army and DSS operatives who came here and took him away. But the DSS has always been here, and the soldiers are his friends. I think it’s the soldiers who invited him to make some clarifications, but when I get the details, I’ll inform you.

“However, I can categorically tell you that his arrest was not in connection with the creation of the Miyetti Allah vigilante group. We created the group for security purposes, and the police, DSS, and Army were all informed and they knew about it.

“A representative of the Nigerian Army and the DSS were present when we launched the group, and we also informed the Commissioner of Police.”

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