The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has somewhat justified the persistent attacks on Bassa LGA of Plateau state. In a press release today Tuesday 17th October 2017, it alleged that Irigwe youths had on Sunday October 15th, killed/beheaded 6 cattle herders and killed 40 sheep and 9 cattle.

The statement which is signed by MACBAN chairman for Plateau state Alh. Muhammad Abdullahi, claims that the media has been incredibly biased in its reportage and that no one reached out to interview the Fulani community.

He called on the Plateau State Government to immediately take actions to bring perpetuators of the attacks and rustling to book.

The full statement is below



We write to express our dismay over the killings and beheading of six (6) innocent Fulani cattle rearers on Sunday October 15, 2017 by the Irigwe militia in Kuri village of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau state.

The incident occurred on Sunday October 15, 2017 at about 3pm when the Fulani, while grazing their cattle at kuri village in Bassa LGA were attacked, slaughtered, beheaded and their heads catered away by the Irigwe militia.

In addition, a total of forty (40) sheep nine (9) cows were machete and killed and a total of two hundred and thirty two (232) herds of cattle belonging to the families of the deceased persons were rustled.

The unfortunate incident was immediately reported to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Bassa Local Government Area and Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Sector 6, who visited the scene and confirmed the dead and burial.
MACBAN Plateau State chapter wholeheartedly condemned the killings of all innocent lives, destruction of properties and rustling of Fulani cows.

We also observed the in-balanced in reporting the incident by the media, where they neglected and refused to interview or contact the Fulani community to capture the killings of the six (6) deceased, 40 sheep and 9 cows machete to dead and the 232 rustled cows by the Irigwe militia.

We are peace loving people, therefore, calling on Plateau state Government and security operatives to investigate, fetch out the killers and take necessary action that will stop future re-occurrence.


Nura Muhammad Abdullahi
Chairman MACBAN, Plateau state chapter.

NURA Abdullahi, said while responding to questions, that there has been complicity from some section of the media.

We suspect even some security personnel, of complicity the out gone Commissioner of Police was also biased against us.

Our people did not attacked and killed any Irigwe person, but it was all over on the media that it was Fulani herdsmen that killed.

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