From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos
About three hundred and forty two cattle were on Monday killed in two different villages of Plateau State. The chairman of Miyyety Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria ( MACBAN), Malam Nura Abdullahi has said.
Abdullahi said 29 cattle were killed in Kuru area of Barikin Ladi LGA while 314 were killed in Kwal area of Bassa Local Government Area of the state.
The commander of Operation Save Haven, General Augustine Agundu on Tuesday while parading suspects of various criminal offences at the OPSH’s headquarters, confirmed that there were attacks in Kuru and Kwal but that personnel of the operation had been deployed to the affected areas.
According Agundu, it was unfortunate that whenever security made effort and restored peace, elements of criminality would always try to do all they could to bring obstacle and undermine security effort.
Mr Agundu alleged that there were militia groups in all the waring parties and leaders of those groups don’t want to come and tell them the truth, promising to call security meeting to ensure peace in the area.
General Agundu didn’t revealed the casualty figure of the incident.
The MACBAN state chairman who accused ‘Irigwe’ of being responsible of killing the cattle, confirmed that he spoke with Mr Agundu on the incident and asked him to calm down as measures were being taken to arrest further occurrence of the problem.
” Today Tuesday being the 29/4/2019, Irigwe terrorist holding sophisticated fire arms shooting sporadically have attacked Fulani cattle rearers around school of accountancy kwal general area, chased away the rearers, killed over three hundred cows and arm robbed many others. About 29 also were killed in Kuru in Barikin Ladi LGA.The scene of the incident is a hilly place. It took place around 14:30 to 17:00hrs.
” I have spoken with the commander of OPSH on the incident and assured us that security is on top of the situation.
When contacted the chairman of Irigwe on the allegation, David Chinge , denied that he was not aware of the 300 cattle killed.
” I was not aware of the 300 cattle killed. All I know we were called today by the commander sector 6, Col. Hassan, that 11 cattle were killed on Monday.
” Apart from that one, I am not aware of the 300 killed. We as a people condemned the act and called on both Fulani and Irigwe to live in peace.
” I also call on Fulani to keep off from the restricted areas where grazing is banned,” Chige added.