From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos
The Miyetty Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria ( MACBAN), has petitioned the Commander of Operation Save Haven (OPSH), Major General A M Apolagbe, over alleged incessant killing of its members and their cows by Irigwe militia in Basa Local Government Area of Plateau state.
The petition, which was signed by MACBAN Chairman in the state, Muhammad Nura, condemned the incessant attacks and killings of Fulani cattle rearers and their cows by Irigwe armed bandits.
It said: “this furious, impetuous and vehement activities of the hoodlums, we describes it as barbaric and an act of disrupting the peace we are enjoying. We hereby write to express our great concern over the security challenges that have shown it’s ugly face in Miango chiefdom of Bassa local government area.
“Firstly, on Monday, 15th January, 2018 Irigwe armed militias group attack Fulani rearers around Gidan Ado village and rustled over 300 cows and 56 sheep. The second Two herd that were rustled have been recovered completely. While from the first two herd of 126 cows. 26 were recovered alive but sold in the market due to major injuries, 7 were recovered healthy, 38 were killed and dump in a ditch at Mai Yanga village, while the remaining 55 were not recovered and we don’t know their whereabout. For the 56 goats, (45 that belong to Idris Gidado while belong to Usha’u Usman Wada) were not recovered.
“In the same vein, on 22nd January, 2018 the Irigwe armed held militias from Kwachudu village of Bassa LGA attack Fulani cattle rearers around Raffin Bauna village shot and matchete 18 cows belonging to the Fulani.A total of 5 cows were confirmed killed and 13 seriously injured.”
“In another approach on 23rd January, 2018 this unfortunate event have continued repeating itself. The Irigwe armed militias attack Fulani cattle rearers at Dan Kuturu village from Kwal district in the same Bassa LGA at about 15 hours killed two defenceless rearers namely: Anas Lado and Musa Idris in cold-blood without any provocation, intimidation and or harassment. The militias fired at some cows and injured .
“In Bassa again, On Wednesday 24th January, 2018 the Irigwe militias re-attack Fulani at Raffin Bauna from Kwachudu village. Apart from firing Ibrahim Shehu was abducted by the group and found killed, beheaded and dismantled by the marauders, plunders and predators. It is so much sympathetic, pathetic, sorrowful and grievous that human life and properties of innocent citizens were on daily bases targeted and destroyed without any justification. To be sincere, we have a reservation on how some officers of OPSH era operating in the area.
The group therefore called the commander to take necessary auction to curb the menace to avoid further occurrence of the act, adding that, “this criminal should never be allowed to intimidate, harass and threaten our peace loving community members anymore.”