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Nigerian Cattle Breeders’ Take ‘Responsibility’ For Killings In Plateau State

Unic Press UK: The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has issued a statement on the killings of more than a hundred people in Plateau State of Nigeria; surprisingly justifying the vile actions of Fulani herdsmen, thereby seemingly taking responsibility for the murder of innocents and the destruction of people’s assets.

In a statement Monday, the Chairman of the north central zone of the Cattle Breeders’ Association, Danladi Ciroma, said the killings in Plateau State are retaliatory, and will continue until the missing cows are found.

“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 to Mangu. Since these cows were not found, no one should expect peace in the areas,” the Daily Post, Nigeria, wrote, citing Danladi Ciroma of the Cattle Breeders’ Association.

Reacting on Twitter to opprobrium against his administration’s lethargic approach to the incessant killings in Plateau, President Buhari said: “The grievous loss of lives & property arising from the killings in Plateau today is painful and regrettable. My deepest condolences to the affected communities. We will not rest until all murderers and criminal elements and their sponsors are incapacitated and brought to justice.”

A curfew, from 1800 hrs to 0600 hrs has been declared, the Plateau State Commissioner of Information Yakubu Dati said.

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