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We lost over 25,000 cows,100 of our people, 200 missing in Plateau crisis – MACBAN

Chairman of the Plateau State chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Nuru Abdullahi, says the Fulani community in the state lost more than 100 herders, 25,000 herds of cows, sheep and goats, while more than 200 women and children are missing in villages of Mangu Local Government Area.

In statement, Abdullahi said Fulani people also recorded casualties in the attacks in the villages last week and not only the natives as widely reported in the media.

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Abdullahi who called the incident an annihilation of the Fulani people in the state said:

“Over 200 Fulani women, children and the aged are still missing in the recent Mangu crisis and over 100 bodies are still lying down in the bush in what we call the annihilation of Fulani, massacre by crusaders, which is in its full-fledge.

“Over 25,000 cows, sheep and goats are also still missing. This dastardly act and a black agenda have been achieved and accomplished in villages like Bwoi, Kombun, Sarfal, Rinago, Jukga, Kuwes, Kaangag, Farinkasa, Kerana, Lugga Dimeza, Fungong, Gindiri Gok, Bughan Gida, Millet, Rufwang, Tidiu, Dejwak Rufwang, Lupo, Wushik etc.”

The MACBAN Chairman also accused the natives and security agencies of stealing their cattle.

“So far, about 1,000 cows were recovered from cattle rustlers with assistance of the security agencies. It’s with great sorrow and heart bleeding to describe the wanton attacks, killings of both Fulani and their cows, burning of their residences and properties and are totally vilified, annihilated, extinguished and belittled them from their ancestral home, as barbaric and a total massacre of Fulani from Plateau.

“Hundreds of thousands of our livestock’s that include cows, goats sheep, turkeys, ducks, chickens and other animals are also roaming about and our killers are hunting them for their personal use,” he said.

The MACBAN chairman called on security agencies to help them recover the bodies of their love ones.

“Government through NEMA and SEMA should come to the aids of the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

“Security agencies should work extra mile in halting more killings, destruction of property and cattle rustling,” Abdullahi added.

The attacks which began on Monday last week has so far recorded over 130 deaths with 1,500 houses destroyed while over 22 villages sacked, according to the National President of Mwaghagvul Development Association (MDA), Joseph Gwankat.

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