Soldiers Kill Six Herdsmen, 150 Cows – Police

The Nasarawa State Police Command has alleged that men of the Nigerian Army deployed in the Benue and Nasarawa states border have killed six Fulani herdsmen and about 150 cows.

The acting Police Public Relations Officer, Nasarawa State Command, ASP Usman Samaila said this during a telephone conversation with our correspondent, saying that the killings took place at Akpanagya, in the Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

According to him, the soldiers came in from Benue to carry out the operation, which led to the killing of six herders and their 150 cows.

“We can say precisely what led to the killings by the soldiers. Our men went to the scene of the incident and recovered about six dead bodies,” Samaila said.

He described the incident as “a wild operation that was formed by the military personnel to prevent an unabated crisis between Fulani herders and Tiv farmers at Benue and Nasarawa states border.”

However, the Chairman of the Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Nasarawa State Chapter, Mallam Muhammed Hussein has expressed shock over the killings.

He said, “Some bad eggs in the military have killed our people and we are not happy with this. The soldiers should have arrested any suspected Fulani herdsman instead of killing.”

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