Tension At Nasarawa/Benue Border Over Killing Of Fulani Herders In Bomb Attack
Tension is brewing in the Benue and Nasarawa States border communities over the killing of many Fulani Herders in bomb explosion in the axis.
The number of casualty is still a subject of speculation in the tragic incident at Rukkubi community in Doma, in Nasarawa state on Tuesday.
Governor Sule Abdullahi of Nasarawa State confirms that the pastoralists were killed in a drone attack, but do not know who launched the drone.
He also said that Fulani pastoralists claimed 38 of their members died in the attack, while Governor Samuel Ortom told him that some bodies of slain pastoralists were brought to Benue State.
The governor said he gathered that the pastoralists were awaiting the delivery of their cows seized by the Benue Livestock Guard for violating anti-open grazing law, after paying the stipulated fine to the Benue State government.
Abdullahi urged his Benue State counterpart, to release other cows seized for violating the anti-open grazing law in his state.
The governor said he had reached out to the Chief of Defence Staff, Myetti Allah Cattle Breedeers Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and security agencies on the attack.
Meanwhile, MACBAN has accused the Nigerian Airforce of launching the airstrike which killed the pastoralists.
The association’s spokesman, Muhammadu Nura in a statement issued on Wednesday claimed that 30 pastoralists died in the attack.
He also said that N29 million fine was paid by the pastoralists for the seized cows they were waiting to be handed over to them at the border community.