Tuesday, 17 May 2016

We killed because Tiv youths stole 800 of our cows – Fulani spokesman

Last weekend’s bloody attack by Fulani herdsmen on Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State has been blamed on Tiv youths.

This was revealed by the spokesman of Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Garus Gololo, who said the reason for the Friday night attack on the Tiv people of Agwabi village in Binev Council Ward in Buruku Local Government Area of the state which led to the death of many persons was due to the killing of 800 cattle by Tiv youths.

However, the state police command confirmed five people killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Friday night who invaded the affected community.

Gololo said information gathered from his kinsmen in the troubled Buruku area alleged that trouble started when youths from the affected village last Thursday carried away 800 cows belonging to the resident herders.

According to him, “the (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.


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