They killed 19 Herdsmen and 73 of us are missing — Miyetti Allah
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has said 19 Herdsmen were killed and 73 missing in Plateau state.
Many were reported dead after suspected herdsmen allegedly invaded communities in three local government areas of the state last weekend. The police confirmed 100 peopled had died while other medium reported up to 300 death.
The chairman in the state of Miyetti Allah in the state, Mohammadu Nura, MACBAN said the group did not attack residents but were the victims of the attack.
“As at now, we have been able to bury 19 persons of our own in different places. We have declared 73 persons missing. We have not seen them nor their corpses. So people are taking our corpses, going around the world and telling people that it is their corpses that the Fulani killed,” he told TheCable.
“These corpses they are saying, they are propagating (doing propaganda) against us. They are our corpses. We are calling on the government to go and exhume the corpses, let us see their faces. The corpses are our corpses, I believe that.
“I (can) tell you with authority that we have not taken part in the killings. No herdsman killed anybody. If they say they are Fulanis, let them produce those Fulanis, we want to see them.”
He said the herdsmen have been on “the receiving end” of the crisis in the state, and have been “chased away from many villages”.
“In most of the villages, Fulanis were chased out. It was when fragile peace was returning that people started coming back,” he said.
Asked if he knows those who carried out the attacks, Nura said: “The police are in a good position to tell you who carried out these killings. Because there is tension in Plateau, their eyes must be everywhere. So their personnel must be everywhere.”