Barely hours after about 86 people were killed
and 50 houses burnt in Plateau attacks carried
out by Fulani Herdsmen, Danladi Ciroma, the
Chairman, North Central zone of Miyetti Allah
Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria
(MACBAN), reacted by stating that peace should
not be expected in the area.
According to him, there will be no peace until about 300 cattle
which he alleges to have been stolen by people of those areas are
Read his words below;
“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 youths in Fan village,
another 36 cows were killed by Berom youths. In addition to that,
174 cattle were rustled and the criminals disappeared with them
“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.
“Though the security agencies have tried, they need to do more by
being fair to all parties; they should not neglect any report
presented by Fulani of Berom 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.
“These communities have leaders, why hide the criminals? They
should fish out the criminals and hand them over to security
agencies to avoid death of innocent ones.
“As it is today, the Berom man cannot go to farm, the Fulani
cannot breed his cows in Berom Land. This can be stopped if the
security agencies do more than what they are currently doing. The
attacks will stop as soon as the security agencies stop Berom
youths from stealing Fulani cows”
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