By Seriki Adinoyi
About 310 heads of cattle belonging to Fulani herdsmen in Mikang Local Government Area of Plateau State were on Thursday allegedly rustled by suspected youths from Langtang North Local Government Area of the state.
The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Plateau State said the suspected youths had attacked various Fulani settlements in Mikang, chasing the cattle out of their enclosures.
The state MACBAN Chairman, Alhaji Haruna Boro Hussaini, said over 800 cattle were chased out, but about 500 were found scattered in the surrounding bushes while about 310 were still missing.
He said the cattle were recovered with the help of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area but pleaded with security officers to ensure that the missing ones are all recovered.
He added: “We are getting tired of these attacks; these youths have continued to rustle our cattle yet nothing is being done about it. It seems they want to stop us from rearing cattle entirely.”
But the Tarok Youth leader in Langtang north, Manaseh Zunkur, denied the allegations, saying Tarok youths no longer rustle Fulani cattle.
He explained: “It was when the crisis was intense that our youths used to rustle their cattle because they burnt down our homes. But now that there is peace, we no longer rustle their cattle. Other people may be rustling the Fulani cattle but they would always want to blame it on us.”
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Emmanuel Abu, said he could not verify the report as the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of the area was not available.