BENUE State coordinator of Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Garus Gololo, has advanced reason for the Friday night attack on the Tiv people of Agwabi village, in Binev Council Ward of Buruku Local Government Area of the state, which led to the death of many.
Nigerian Tribune had reported the sacking of Agwabi community and killing of many people as a result of renewed crisis between herdsmen and farmers in the local government on Friday night.
However, the state police command confirmed five people killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen, who invaded the affected community, Friday night.
Gololo said information gathered from his kinsmen in the troubled Buruku area alleged that trouble started when youths from the affected village, on Thursday, carted away 800 cows belonging to the resident herdsmen.
According to him, “the herders traced the missing cows the following day to that village and that was how trouble started.
“This is highly regrettable, because they should have notified the security apparatus already put in place by the state government, who could have handled the matter. They did not report the matter even to us (MACBAN).
“It is painful that while the state government is doing everything to resolve the crisis, some others are taking law into their hands; but those found wanting in this matter would surely be handed over to the security agencies,” he said.
Gololo urged both farmers and the herdsmen to appreciate government’s effort in bringing about peace, by reporting offences to the right quarters instead of embarking on violence, stressing that while the trouble was going on in Buruku, he got another report of a Fulani man, whose corpse was found mutilated in a village at Guma Local Government Area, where Governor Samuel Ortom hails from.