Six herdsmen and about 150 cows have been allegedly killed in Akpanagya, Nasarawa State by troops attached to the order between Benue and Nasarawa states.
Chairman of the Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Nasarawa State Chapter, Mallam Muhammed Hussein, at a press briefing in Lafia on Wednesday at the Association’s secretariat, stated his grief over the attack.
According to Hussein, the association is sad over the attack by the troops on their members.
His words: “We are not happy that six of our members were shot dead by some bad eggs, in the military.
“If the military suspects any Fulani man for any crime, they should arrest and prosecute him and not to just kill like that.
“I am not aware of what led to the attack but I was informed that some soldiers just invaded a Fulani settlement and shot six of our people, including a traditional title holder in the Fulani community.
“We want the government to investigate and punish the soldiers who carried out the killing because we are not going to take it.”
“If you claim that the Fulani people committed a crime, how about the cows, what did the cows do that they will kill 150 cows?,” Hussein queried.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu, said he had yet to be informed on the incident.
Chukwu said, “I will reach the brigade commanders and officers on the ground, but I have no record presently of such an incident.”
However, acting Police Public Relations Officer, Nasarawa State Command, ASP Usman Samaila, in an interview in Lafia, said: “The command is aware of the incident that took place in the Keana Local Government Area of the state.
“I can confirm to you that our men went to the scene of the incident and recovered about six dead bodies killed by the suspected military men in the area,” Samaila said.
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