Wednesday 16th August, 2017
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Herdsmen's killing: Niger Govt was not proactive - Miyetti Allah

Herdsmen's killing: Niger Govt was not proactive - Miyetti Allah

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”.

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