The leader of Miyetti Allah cattle breeders association has revealed why they attacked Benue communities.
According to Garus Gololo, the herdsmen were defending themselves from thieves who stole over 1000 of their cows
Gololo, a leader of Miyetti Allah cattle Breeders in Benue state, said the attack was retaliation
Meanwhile, Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, has distanced itself from the Benue killings and their perpetrators
Garus Gololo, a leader of Miyetti Allah cattle breeders in Benue state said the attack on some communities in the state, which led to the killings of innocent Nigerians, was in retaliation for alleged stealing of their cows.
Gololo told BBC News Pidgin that trouble started when some people attacked Fulani herdsmen who were relocating with their cows from Benue state.
He said as they were relocating over 1000 of their cows were stolen at Nengere.
“As we were relocating to Taraba through Nasarawa state, thieves came to steal 1000 cows from us at the border town of Nengere, so we fought them back,” Gololo stated.
According to him, the herdsmen were only defending themselves from thieves.
Meanwhile Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore has condemned the recent attacks in Benue state, The Nation reports.
In a statement on Friday, January 5, by the national publicity secretary of the association, Alhaji Yusuf Ardo, the association said the killings are unfortunate and condemnable.
The group labeled the perpetrators as irresponsible elements.
Ardo described Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore as an association that upholds peace, love, unity and harmony in the country.
He said: “We are peace loving people, we believe in love for one another. Any Fulani pastoralist that doesn’t believe in peace is not part of us.”
Ardo urged security agencies to bring the perpetrators of the incident to book.
He further called on herdsmen living in Benue and other parts of the country to remain calm and be law abiding.
The association urged the government to look into the crises in Adamawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Zamfara, Nasarawa, Benue and Plateau states with a view to having a lasting solution to issues arising from anti-grazing laws.
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