Nasarawa State branch of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has accused the military of extrajudicial killings of Fulani herders and hundreds of cattle in Nasarawa and Benue states.
MACBAN Chairman in Nasarawa State, Muhammed Hussaini, disclosed the allegations to journalists in Lafia.
According to him, troops under ‘Operations Whirl Wind Stroke’ stormed Fulani settlements in Keana LGA, killing seven herders and over 120 cows on Tuesday.
Hussaini said the same military two weeks ago also attacked another Fulani settlement in Doma LGA where they killed two Fulani herders and over 300 cattle.
“We believe these attacks were carried out deliberately by some bad eggs within the military to dislodge Fulani herders from Nasarawa State,” he said
Hussaini added, “When we received the reports of the attack from the survivors we reported the matter to the state Police Command and Department of State Service (DSS) to investigate the incident. We want to know the motive behind this new style of terrorising our people.”
He appealed to the leadership of Nigeria Army to investigate “these ungodly acts perpetrated by their officers and men.”