Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi the President General of Tabbital Pulaaku International (TPI) has condemned the confiscation of thousands of cattle,
extortion by the Benue state government, and the mass murder of Fulani herders in Nasarawa state as ordered by the same Benue government.
See the details of the sad story below
MILITARY JET BOMBS HERDSMEN IN NASARAWA AS MIYETTI ALLAH, NEF, RELATIVES KICK
-January 26, 2023
Military Jet Bombs Herdsmen in Nasarawa as Miyetti Allah, NEF, Relatives Kick
Controversy has trailed the killing of 38 herders in the Rukubi community of Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, allegedly by military operatives.
The herders, multiple sources said, were killed while returning from Makurdi, the Benue State capital, where they went to retrieve over 1,000 cows seized by the Benue Livestock Guards.
It was gathered that after the payment of fines amounting to N29m, some of the livestock was released to the herders by the guards and they were sadly trailed and killed while offloading the cattle shortly after they reached their destination in Nasarawa State.
Daily Trust gathered that the killing of the herders on Tuesday night has raised tension in Benue and Nasarawa state.
Rukubi is located in Nasarawa State, which borders Benue State.
Tension was high yesterday in the Hausa-dominated Wadata vicinity of the Makurdi metropolis in Benue State over the killings of. The northern elders have condemned the incident which they said was as a result of ethnic profiling.
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Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule confirmed the killings in an exclusive with Daily Trust. He also urged the family of the victims to be calm, assuring them the matter would be thoroughly investigated.
The governor said there were conflicting reports as to the number of victims.
“The government is doing everything possible, as I told you, I have not slept since yesterday (Tuesday) when this happened. I have been on it. I got up early in the morning, I spoke with the leader of the Miyetti Allah national, I spoke severally with the Miyetti Allah leader in Nasarawa State and I spoke with the security agencies.
“We sent the army and police on condolence to the people, the deputy governor also went and met these people, our two major traditional rulers were there for the funeral prayers.
“We are doing everything possible on our side to make sure that we douse the tension,” he said.
The governor said the information was that some herders got their cows arrested by the Benue State government as a result of the anti-open grazing law.
“They went and paid the penalty to the Benue State government, and they came back to the border where they were told to come and wait to receive their cow, so while they were waiting, the bomb exploded. There were all kinds of allegations, initially, they thought it was an airplane that came and bombed the place, but now it has been established that it was a drone that was sent.
“A drone was sent, we do not know who sent the drone, was it security agencies or other people we don’t know? I spoke with the governor of Benue, and I also spoke with the security agencies. Nobody is claiming responsibility that they sent the drone. So that is the true position of things,” he said.
Asked about the number of herders killed, he said, “That is very difficult to determine because various people are giving different numbers, the Fulani said 38 of their people were killed, they came for the burial in Doma this (yesterday) afternoon. The Emir of Lafia was there, Andoma of Doma was there and my deputy governor was there, sitting down there and starting to count bodies will generate another tension, so they did not.
“In Benue, the governor also told me that some bodies were brought to Benue. He even said some people were unhappy with him, because they are thinking he is responsible, so they started tearing up his posters and things like that, he can tell you those things himself anyway. So anybody giving you any particular number right now may just be exaggerating. It has to be fully investigated before we can get the exact number of the people.”
The governor said he had called on Governor Ortom to release the remaining cattle.
Both the Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami and the Air Force Spokesman, Air Commodore Wap Maigida could not be reached last night for comment as calls to their mobile phones depicted “unreachable”.
They did not respond to text messages also.
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