Monday, 16 May 2016
Fulani herdsmen killed villagers because Tiv youths stole 800 cows – MACBAN
The Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, has blamed last weekend’s bloody attack by Fulani herdsmen on Tiv youths in a community in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State, who the herdsmen accused of carting away 800 cows.
The Benue State Police Command is reported to have confirmed that five people were killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Friday night who invaded Agwabi village in Binev Council Ward in Buruku Local Government Area of the state.
But giving reasons for the attack, the MACBAN spokesman, Garus Gololo said information gathered from his kinsmen in the troubled Buruku area has it that trouble started when youths from the affected village last Thursday carried away 800 cows belonging to the resident herders.
According to Gololo, “they (herders) traced the missing cows the following day to that village and that was how trouble started.”
“This is highly regrettable because they should have notified the security apparatus already put in place by the state government who could have handled the matter. They didn’t report the matter even to us (MACBAN).
“It is painful that while the state government is doing everything to resolve the crisis, some others are taking the law into their hands. But, those found wanting in this matter would surely be handed over to the security agencies,” he said.