The National Vice president of Miyetti Allah cattle breeders Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Hussaini Bosso has disclosed that Niger State Government was alerted of an imminent crisis in the Efogi village in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state where not less than twenty-seven people including the Chief Imam of the village were killed on Saturday morning.
He alleged that the state government was not proactive in handling the situation. He was speaking at the police/stakeholders meeting with the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Shuaibu L. Gambo at the police Officers Mess in Minna.
According to him, “When 100 cows belonging to the Fulani herders in the community were killed and one Fulani man was also killed, I personally reported the case to the Special Adviser on security to the state governor, General Imam Ndagulu (rtd) that ‘government should do something about this situation urgently because there will be trouble’.
“I also reported to the Etsu Nupe who is the Head of the traditional rulers in the emirate, the Etsu Nupe called a meeting of the villagers and the herders but the villagers refused to attend the meeting.”
But the Special Adviser on Security General Imam Ndagulu denied the allegation saying: “There is no link between the killing of 100 cows and the recent incident, the government is not aware of the claim, not even the police were aware, the event has no bearing.”
Continuing, he said, “Can they show anyone where 100 cows were killed that will result in this type of killing, what the government was aware of was that about three months ago there was a crisis between the villagers and the Fulanis during which a villager was killed and a Fulani man’s hand was chopped off, the police is aware of this case and they have been investigating it”.