MACBAN dis­owns Benue killings, can­vasses ar­rest of no­to­ri­ous rustler

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

The Miyetti Al­lah Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (MACBAN) in Benue State yes­ter­day said that its mem­bers have no hand in the killings of Tiv-speak­ing na­tives of Logo and Ukum lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of the state.

Daily Trust re­ports that 10 vil­lagers were killed in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions of the two lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas be­tween Satur­day and Mon­day fol­low­ing fresh strikes by gun­men al­leged to be Fu­lani herders.

The State co­or­di­na­tor of MACBAN, the um­brella body for Fu­lani herders, Garus Gololo, told our cor­re­spon­dent in Makurdi that four mem­bers of the as­so­ci­a­tion also lost their lives in the wake of the vi­o­lence dur­ing the week­end.

Gololo who blamed re­peated in­ci­dents few weeks ago on con­tin­u­ing reprisals from both war­ring fac­tions, how­ever iden­ti­fied the fresh at­tacks as the hand­i­work of one cer­tain Fu­lani mili­tia king­pin, sim­ply known as ‘Ghana.’

He said, “The fresh at­tacks came from one no­to­ri­ous cow rustler of Fu­lani ex­trac­tion. He has im­ported thou­sands of mili­tias to Ukum and Logo ar­eas. They are the ones who have laid siege on the area, killing peo­ple from both sides. Four Fu­lani herds­men were also killed at the week­end and their an­i­mals taken away by the gang. We are also cry­ing out for gov­ern­ment’s in­ter­ven­tion.”

He urged the gov­ern­ment to col­lab­o­rate with law en­force­ment agents to de­clare Ghana wanted so that he would be ar­rested and made to face the wrath of the law.

In an­other devel­op­ment, spokesman of the po­lice, ASP Moses Yamu, has de­bunked media re­ports that 81 peo­ple were killed in the area dur­ing re­cent at­tacks.

Yamu who con­tended that the re­ports were gross mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the facts on ground, stated that a cu­mu­la­tive to­tal of 22 peo­ple killed were recorded by the com­mand be­tween May 30 and June 20 in sev­eral at­tacks on some com­mu­ni­ties of Logo and Ukum ar­eas.

“The to­tal num­ber of deaths recorded dur­ing the pe­riod was 22 and not 81 as re­ported,” he as­serted.

Yamu said that mobile po­lice­men had been fully de­ployed to af­fected ar­eas and other volatile lo­ca­tions in the state to stem the tide while as­sur­ing res­i­dents to re­main calm and re­port sus­pi­cious per­sons.

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