The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) said the raid by suspected herdsmen on three local governments in Plateau State were a retaliation of the loss of cows in recent times.
More than 100 people were killed on Saturday night
when suspected herdsmen attacked many villages in
Riyom, Barkin Ladi and Jos South l.g.a of the state.
Commenting on the tragedy via a statement on Monday,
Danladi Ciroma, Chairman, North-Central zone of the
cattle breeders’ association, said herdsmen in the
state had lost “about 300 cows in the last few weeks”.
“These attacks are retaliatory. As much as I don’t support
the killing of human being, the truth must be told that
those who carried out the attacks must be on revenge mission,”
“There have been recent reports of cow rustling and destruction
of farms between Berom farmers and Fulani herdsmen.
The people carrying out these criminal activities are well-known
to the communities but the communities are hiding them.
“Fulani herdsmen have lost about 300 cows in the last few weeks —
94 cows were rustled by armed Berom youth in Fan village, another
36 cows were killed by Berom youth. In addition to that,
174 cattle were rustled and the criminals disappeared with
them to Mangu [Local Government].
“Since these cows were not found, no one should expect
peace in the areas. Even soldiers that went after the
criminals to recover the rustled cows were shot by the
armed rustlers and eventually escaped with all the cows.
“The government of Governor Lalong has done a lot to restore peace,
but the criminal elements hiding among their people are
the ones frustrating these peace efforts.”
He urged security agencies to be fair to all parties,
saying they should neglect any report presented by the Fulani
“because such report can lead to attacks and deaths if not properly handled”.
“Criminals thrive a lot in Berom communities, but when the Fulani,
who are always victims of their crime, react with attacks,
they blame the government,” he added.