Nasarawa killings: Fu­lani lead­ers protest in Abuja

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

The Miyetti Al­lah Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (MACBAN) Nasarawa State chap­ter yes­ter­day in Abuja de­manded the ar­rest and prose­cu­tion of soldiers al­legedly re­spon­si­ble for the killings of 32 Fu­la­nis in Ru­gar Ardo So­dangi, Nasarawa State.

Speak­ing dur­ing a protest on the killings at a joint press con­fer­ence, lead­ers of the Fu­la­nis among them Al­haji Baba Us­man Ngelzarma MACBAN Na­tional Sec­re­tary, and Al­haji Sal­ihu Musa Umar Na­tional As­sis­tant PRO and Al­haji Mo­hammed Hus­saine Nasarawa State Chap­ter Sec­re­tary were unan­i­mous in con­demn­ing the re­cent ris­ing an­tag­o­nism to Fu­la­nis in parts of the coun­try.

Hus­saine said what hap­pened in Keana was geno­cide and should not be swept un­der the car­pet.

He said: “The In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice M. D. Abubakar re­cently dis­patched the DIG in charge of op­er­a­tions, Mr. Michael Zuoku­mor to our dear state to re­solve the cri­sis be­tween the Fu­lani and our Tiv coun­ter­parts. The ef­fort yielded pos­i­tive re­sults as both par­ties not only agreed to sheath their sword.

“How­ever to our great­est sur­prise, on Thurs­day, the 3rd of this month at about 9am, I re­ceived a phone call from our people in Keana that some mil­i­tary per­son­nel had stormed some of our people’s com­mu­ni­ties in a con­voy of over 10 ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing ar­moured tanks and raided the res­i­dents of Ru­gar Ardo So­dangi, Nasarawa State.”

He said the soldiers met a group Fu­la­nis who were there on con­do­lence visit most of them be­tween 60 and 80 years old and killed most of them.

He said the women were as­saulted say­ing “We are con­vinced be­yond rea­son­able doubts that there is a grand plot to elim­i­nate the Fu­lani from Nigeria.”

Hus­saine also de­manded apol­ogy from the federal govern­ment; pay­ment of com­pen­sa­tion to in­jured vic­tims and to the fam­i­lies of those killed, and also the with­drawal of soldiers from Nasarawa State.

Umar on his part warned that if govern­ment did not take ac­tion on the mat­ter he fear a sit­u­a­tion that may lead to an­other in­sur­gency sim­i­lar to Boko Haram by ag­grieved people protest­ing the killings of in­no­cent per­sons.

PHOTO: OLADIPUPO ODUNEWU

Mo­torists trapped in a flood along Isaac John Street in Ikeja, La­gos, af­ter a heavy down­pour yes­ter­day morn­ing.

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