Fear grips Plateau residents as herdsmen raise alarm over stolen cows

There is tension in Plateau state as herdsmen in the state have raised alarm over their missing cows. The Nation reports that herdsmen in the state alleged the killing of one of their colleague and rustling of about 350 cows belonging to their people. In a recent statement, the chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Plateau state chapter, Nura Abdullahi, said some youths in Bassa and Riyom local government areas of the state launched an attack on herdsmen grazing their cattle. Abdullahi said the Irigwe youths who launched the attack on Monday, January 15, were armed with sophisticated weapon. He also said they attacked some herdsmen around Gilda Ado village in Ganawuri district of Riyom LGA beat up a herder to a point of coma and fled with his cattle numbering 150.

Abdullahi said: “The report later got to security agencies who gave the cattle rustlers good chase. The security recovered some of the cows dead around Mai Yanga Village. On the same Monday night, another armed youths suspected to the Irigwe youths attacked Fulani residents at Dangwal village of Ganawuri and rustled about 200 cows in the attack. Security agencies have confirmed to us that some of the rustled cows had been found. These are the kind of situation that leads to major violence in the areas, and this is happening when the area is trying to recover from the recent ugly incidents that led to loss of lives and properties. That last violence was caused by attacking, killing and beheading of a Fulani boy known as Abubakar Wada. The incident happened on the 28th of August 2017. “We hereby condemn any act of criminality with some highly placed political personalities that are benefiting from this cycle of violence. This situation should be handled with all seriousness and with a professional method to resolve the dastardly act of brutality. “A very swift action should be taken to stop further occurrences,” Abdullahi added.

It was also gathered that Irigwe youths reported the killing of one of their youths by suspected herdsmen. The youths said the attack took place at Kimakpa, Kwall district of Irigwe chiefdom. However in a swift action, the Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong who has since been in a security meeting has ordered the recovery the missing cows. Also, the Plateau state commissioner for town planning, Festus Ewanter, said no fewer than 14,000 people had been killed in Plateau and Benue states recently. Ewanter who led a delegation of about 30 Plateau state government officials on a condolence visit to Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, the two states would work together to bring an end to the killings. He said: “We are both food baskets of the nation and we have both lost over 7,000 people each to herdsmen attacks, as what happened in Guma, Logo and other parts of Benue state, Plateau also shared the same in Bassa, Jos North and Jos South which is still happening till date. “Plateau and Benue are both together, we should set aside all our differences and forge ahead to find a lasting solution to these problems.


“Though, through administrative process, we have been separated but not in any way to divide ourselves, we should not fail as leaders to compromise the future of our generations,” Ewanter said. Meanwhile the Speaker of the House of Representatives had warned against the continued killings by suspected herdsmen across Nigeria. Yakubu Dogara said Nigeria has been painted red with citizens’ blood. The Speaker also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to apply maximum sanction on public officers who fail to carry out their duties.

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