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Plateau State: Police Confirms Three Killed, 319 Cattle Rustled

The Plateau State Police Command has said that three persons has been killed, while 319 cattle has been rustled.

The Police Public Relations Officer Plateau State Command, Jos has disclosed that the command received an information on 29/04 /2019 at about 0800hrs to the effect that unknown gunmen attacked Maiyanga area of Miango District as a result, one Jummai Jah ‘f’ 25yrs and Emmanuel Ishaya ‘m’ 37yrs were killed. While a 7 months old girl Tabitha survived with a neck injury and is receiving treatment at Enos Hospital at Miango.
The information also emphasised that Monday Audu of Rotsu village also in Miango District was shot and matched to death.

While the investigation into these crimes were ongoing, the Command on 30/04 /2019 at about 0730hrs received information that about 319 cattle were attacked and killed, 12 cattle were maimed while 11 cattle were rustled.

Two cattle rearers; one Mubarak Yakubu and one Shehu Saidu both male of different addresses were missing.

All these allegedly took place in Billi and Ariri in Miango District.
The Command has mobilised a search and rescue team to rescue the missing rearers while efforts are on the way to track and arrest the perpetrators of these dastardly acts.
The Command has also mobilised a combined team of Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Detective personnel to the affected areas to maintain law and order.

The Plateau State Police untiring efforts and  Plateau State Government in restoring peace and healing of inflicted wounds by ethno-religious crises, merchants of crises are bent on frustrating and sabotaging the efforts by fanning the embers of bloodbath via persistent attacks and killing of cows belonging to Fulani herders.
It’s was gathered that Miyetty Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), response that  two herders were confirmed killed  Monday, 29th April, 2019 at Kwal and Kuru, of Bassa and Jos South Local Government Areas, of Plateau State.
Operation Safe Haven (OPHS) the Military outfit  responsible with the maintenance of peace in the State has also confirmed the incident though could not give figures of herders killed, cows killed and rustled.
According to MACBAN’s Chairman, Mallam Nura Abdullahi,said  two boys rearing  cows were killed and one of the boys was seen,  while that of the other was not but only his piece of cloth stained with blood.
He said, “One Shehu Saidu was confirmed dead.The other boy Mubarak Ahmad is still missing.
“A report reached us that on Monday 29/4/2019 some Irigwe  holding sophisticated fire arms and shooting sporadically attacked Fulani cattle rearers around the School of Accountancy, Kwal general area.
They chased away the rearers and killed over three hundred cows and rustled many others.”
Abdullahi said they have reported to the police, thus, “The Police divisional officers of Bassa and Kuru are all aware of the incident.”
Confirming the incident, the Commandant of Operation Safe Haven (OPHS) in Plateau State, Major General Augustine Agundu said; “It was true that cows were killed and rustled along Jos South and Bassa LGA’s.”
“It is painful that with all the efforts that we are doing such things are happening. It is barbarism and animosity.
“If community leaders are doing good work, why should cows that are just grazing be attacked, killed and rustled on the field?” he said.

The chairman of Irigwe Association, Ayuba David Chinge said he was not aware of the 300 cattle killed.

“I was not aware of the 300 cattle killed. All I know we were called today by the commander sector 6, Col. Hassan, that 11 cattle were killed on Monday.

“Apart from that one, I am not aware of the 300 cows killed. We as a people condemned the act and called on both Fulani and Irigwe to live in peace.

“I am also calling on the Fulani to keep off from the restricted areas where grazing is banned,” Chinge added.

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