The Leadership of the Miyetti Allah cattle breeders association of Nigeria plateau state chapter has reacted to some media reports alleging the involvement of their members on the Irigwe Bassa killings recently.
In a press statement sign by the state chairman, Nura Mohammad Abdullahi, the goup expresses dismay over such reports. Read full text below.
A TEXT OF PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE MIYETTI ALLAH CATTLE BREEDERS ASSOCIATION PLATEAU STATE CHAPTER ON THE RECENT ATTACKED AND KILLINGS IN BASSA LGA.
October 17, 2017
KILLING AND BEHEADING OF SIX (6) INNOCENT FULANI CATTLE REARERS BY IRIGWE MILITIA IN BASSA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF PLATEAU STATE
We write to express our dismay over the killings and beheading of six (6) innocent Fulani cattle rearers on Sunday October 15, 2017 by the Irigwe militia in Kuri village of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau state.
The incident occurred on Sunday October 15, 2017 at about 3pm when the Fulani, while grazing their cattle at kuri village in Bassa LGA were attacked, slaughtered, beheaded and their heads catered away by the Irigwe militia.
In addition, a total of forty (40) sheep nine (9) cows were machete and killed and a total of two hundred and thirty two (232) herds of cattle belonging to the families of the deceased persons were rustled.
The unfortunate incident was immediately reported to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Bassa Local Government Area and Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Sector 6, who visited the scene and confirmed the dead and burial.
MACBAN Plateau State chapter wholeheartedly condemned the killings of all innocent lives, destruction of properties and rustling of Fulani cows.
We also observed the in-balanced in reporting the incident by the media, where they neglected and refused to interview or contact the Fulani community to capture the killings of the six (6) deceased, 40 sheep and 9 cows machete to dead and the 232 rustled cows by the Irigwe militia.
We are peace loving people, therefore, calling on Plateau state Government and security operatives to investigate, fetch out the killers and take necessary action that will stop future re-occurrence.
Nura Muhammad Abdullahi
Chairman MACBAN, Plateau state chapter.