- Two Fulani groups have reacted to a reprisal carried out on their settlements in Plateau state
- The reprisal, carried out by youths of Plateau state, follows the killing of at least 13 Plateau indigenes allegedly by Fulani herdsmden
- One of the associations also slammed the police for claiming the attack on the Plateau indigenes was carried out by Fulani herdsmen
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) slammed the Plateau police command for linking suspected Fulani herdsmen to the Sunday, January 26, attack in the state that resulted in 13 deaths.
This is as the Gani Allah association, another group, disclosed that a reprisal by some Plateau youths resulted in the burning down of 23 houses and one mosque on Fulani settlements in the state.
Miyetti Allah accused the police of coming up with a hasty conclusion in the case by saying the attack on a bar in Kwatas village in Bokkos local government area, was caused by herdsmen.
Isa Bappa, who heads MACBAN in Plateau, urged the security agencies to go after the perpetrators of the crime just as he condemned the reprisal by the youths of the state.
“It is equally regrettable for some youth in Kwatas to launch attacks on Fulani communities as a reprisal. Both incidents are barbaric and condemnable," he said.
He pleaded with the people to maintain peace.
Legit.ng reported that some angry Plateau youths attacked Fulani settlements in the state and set ablaze 23 houses and a mosque.
The report described the attack as a reprisal following the recent killing of 13 indigenes by suspected armed herdsmen in Kwatas village of Bokkos local government area of Plateau state.
Meanwhile, an angry governor of the state, Lalong Simon, has ordered the immediate arrest of all Fulani leaders and community heads in some local government areas of the state following the killing of the 13 indigenes.
This was as some media reports said the death toll had increased to 22.
Legit.ng reports that Lalong issued the directive to the commissioner of police in the state, Isaac Akinmoyede, at an emergency meeting of stakeholders.
The meeting, it was reported, had in attendance traditional rulers, Fulani settlers, community leaders and religious leaders.
The meeting held on Tuesday, January 28.
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