By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Seven Fulani herders were said to have been killed in two separate attacks in Maiyanga village of Kwall District in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State with no fewer than 50 cows machated thereby renewing the all hostilities in the area.
The Divisional Police Officer in Bassa Local Government, Mr Mucho confirmed the incident, saying that a detachment of police has already been deployed to the area to restore normalcy in area.
Also addressing a press conference, state Chairman of Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Malam Nura Abdullahi alongside his countapart from the Gan Allah Fulani Development Association (GAFDAN), Alh Abdullahi Kadunu, they explained that the recent attack which occurred on Tuesday claimed five lives and one other missing while more than a hundred cows were killed and some macheted by the assailants.
They recalled that the first attack took place on Tuesday last week where two herders were shot dead.
Contacted, the Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) spokesman, Major Shittu Ibrahim, confirmed the incident, adding that investigation was ongoing to get the perpetrators arrested.
The Chairman narrated that “After the first attack on Tuesday, last week, two herders rearing their caws were suddenly attacked and killed in the area. We reported the case to OPSH and appealed to the leadership of MABAN to exercise restrain while the investigation was going on to arrest the perpetrators of the act.
” To our surprise, on Tuesday this week, five herders were attacked and killed in the same area. More than a hundred caws were killed and macheted. They were going about their normal rearing when assailants attacked and killed them. There was no farm activity at the moment in the area because the area is rocky. There is no justification for this attack in that the area has been peaceful in recent time, ” he added.
According to the chairman, the bodies of the victims had been recovered together with both the OPSH and police and handed over to them for burial.