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17 Apr 2016


The Taraba State government has described the recent claim by the state chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle breeders that 50 of its members were killed in fresh attacks as complete falsehood and a ploy to shield its members who are strongly believed to have carried out attacks.
The state’s chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria reportedly said at least 50 of its members have been killed in the current crisis between herdsmen and Ndoro people in Gashaka local government area of the state.
Senior special assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Silvanus Giwa, who faulted the claim in Abuja yesterday in a statement said: “The claim by the leadership of Miyetti Allah was a mockery of the victims of the recent attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen who allegedly carried sophisticated and used same to unleash terror on harmless and innocent people of Dori, Maisuma, Angai and Fali villages in Gashaka and parts of Kurmi local government areas of the state.”
Giwa said the chairman of the Miyetti Allah who addressed a news conference in Jalingo on the incident failed to present evidence (photographs) of his members that were purportedly killed in the crisis.
“The police and state government on the other hand presented gory photographs of the victims to buttress every point on the matter. Therefore looking at the scenario who is telling lies to cause harm than good in this matter,” Giwa said.
He said it was disheartening for the chairman who is a civilian to assume the position of a security chieftain by suggesting which measures should be adopted by the commissioner of police on how people believed to be culpable in the crisis should be treated “simply because his member, one Ardo Ayuba, was arrested in connection with the crisis.”
“According to intelligence gathered, the crisis started in the area when some suspected herdsmen killed a woman believed to be Ndoro by tribe when she resisted to be raped by them on her farm, contrary to what Miyetti Allah said,” Giwa’s statement reads.
He said the state government under the leadership of Darius Ishaku was determined to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book with a view to ensuring peace.
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