- Six Fulani herdsmen were reportedly killed in Plateau
- Their cattle were also rustled and some killed
- Miyetti Allah confirmed and condemned the attack
Six Fulani herdsmen have allegedly been killed in in Kuri village in Bassa local government area of Plateau state by suspected members of a militant group named Irigwe.
Vanguard reports that the attack was carried out on Sunday, October 15 when the Fulani herdsmen were grazing their cattle.
It was reported that the militia attacked, beheaded and carted their heads away.
Also, a total of 40 sheep and nine cows were killed while 232 herds of cattle belonging to the families of the deceased persons were also rustled.
The divisional police officer of the local government was informed of the tragic incident and he visited the location to confirm the attack.
The Plateau state chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) also confirmed the killing.
Nura Muhammad Abdullahi who is the chairman condemned the killing.
He said: “We wholeheartedly condemned the killings of all innocent lives, destruction of properties and rustling of Fulani cows. We also observed the unbalanced 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 reoccurrence”
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force deployed some of its air assets to Plateau state in a bid to maintain peace in the state following reports of attacks.
In a statement by NAF on Thursday, October 19, it explained that the deployment was ordered by Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the chief of air staff.
This is in compliance with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari to put an end to the killings and violence reported in the state.
NAF said the deployment was to provide air cover to ground troops in order to stop attacks in the state.
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