Yakubu Busari, Jos
The Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Plateau State chapter, Muhammad Nuru has raised the alarm over alleged killings of its members in the state.
In a press statement made available to journalists, Nuru said there appears to be a plan to attack and kill headsmen in the state.
He said: ”It is by some disgruntled elements and terrorist group that benefits from the conflict and does not want peace and unity to be enjoyed in the state”.
Reeling out a list of the killings he alleged to have taken place between the months of October and November, he said, “ On Nov 3, 2017 in Mangu LGA, Alh Adamu Abdulmumini, an aged man of over seventy (70) years old, was attacked and hatcheted to death in Changal village of Pushet district of the LGA without any justification. The arrested culprits were immediately released without any explanation, why?”
Buttressing his argument that the plan is being carried out systematically, he gave names and places where some of his people were allegedly killed.
“In October alone at least ten (10) innocent Fulani herdsmen were secretly attacked and killed in different areas of the state. On Wednesday 4th, Oct 2017, Salihu Bello and Mairo Halilu who were passersby from Tanti and Quanpan were attacked and mercilessly killed in Dorowa village of B/ladi LGA by hoodlums. The mobs illegally blocked B/ladi—Mangu highway and conducted a stop and search for the Fulani. No arrest was made.
“Secondly on 15th Oct 2017 six (6) innocent Fulani headsmen were killed and beheaded in Bassa LGA by killers. These defenceless children were killed in cold blood and no arrest of the culprits was made, neither was there an attempt to conduct investigation into the matter by security agencies.
“ On 22nd Oct 2017 and unfortunate incident was recorded in Riyom district where Dari Abubakar was attack and killed by hoodlums of Dyal village in Riyom LGA. The missing Dari was neither found nor were his belongings. Investigation into the matter is said to be on going.
“ On Sunday 29th Oct 2017, some local criminals armed with sophisticated weapons attacked Fulani rice farmers and a rearer, while harvesting. The attackers shot sporadically towards the harvesters and killed one Musa Sarkin Tenam on the spot.
“The brutal killings of the herdsmen have not stopped, despite the preaching of peace and harmony by our leaders.
“These unprovoked attacks on the herdsmen across the state is a clear indication that no part of Plateau State is safe and free of the attacks.
“It is therefore, on account of the unabated killings that we are calling on the Government and security agencies to take an immediate action to curb the attacks and put all measures on ground to ensure the arrest of the killers and their subsequent prosecution to serve as deterrent to others.”