Herdsman cries for justice as hoodlums cart away 28 cows in Kogi

By AdvocateNews on 19/08/2020

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Armed hoodlums have attacked the house of a fulani herdsman in Ankpa, Kogi State, where they killed 28 cows and made away with seven others.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered in Lokoja that the armed hoodlums invaded the herdsman house located at Ogodo area of Ankpa on July 30 and Aug. 16 to carry out the dastardly act.

Narrating his ordeal, the herdsman, Malam Lawal Ahmadu, said that the youths, armed with guns, knives and other dangerous weapons, first invaded his house on July 30 and made away with nine big cows.

Ahmadu said that the hoodlums attacked his house again on Aug. 16 during which they stole 16 cows and inflicted gun injuries on seven others.

He lamented that his means of livelihood had been abruptly taken away by the hoodlums and appealed to individuals and relevant government agencies to come to his aid.

When contacted, the State Secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Mr Abubakar Adamu, said that the matter had been taken up with the state government and the police.

Adamu said letters had been written to the state government on the need to fully compensate the herdsman in order to sustain the existing peace among different communities in the state.

He urged the police to fish out the perpetrators so as to ensure justice and calm restiveness triggered by the incidents in fulani settlements across the state.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP William Aya,  who confirmed the incidents, said that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the attacks.

Aya said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ayuba Ede, had ordered additional deployment of policemen to protect the area and forestall another attack on the herdsman by armed youths.

He appealed to Fulanis in the state not to retaliate, asking them to allow police to do their job.

The police spokesman promised to apprehend the perpetrators with a view to ensuring justice in the matter.

Source NAN

Posted 19/08/2020 8:23:07 PM


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