Southern Senatorial Zone of Plateau State stakeholders yesterday met to deliberate on how to end the recurring violence in the area. The Southern senatorial zone consists of Wase, Langtang South, Langtang North, Quanpan, Mikang and Shendam local government areas. The meeting was called at the instance of the Special Task Force (STF) on Jos crisis following recurring attacks by gunmen on the six local government areas.
Shortly after the STF Commander, Maj-Gen. Henry Ayoola, rose to speak, there was report that over 500 cattle were rustled in Longvel community in Shendam Local Government Area of the state. It was learnt that about 100 armed men allegedly stormed the community, killing one person as they made away with 500 cattle.
An eye witness, who did not want his name mentioned, told journalists that the armed rustlers shot sporadically into the air in order to scare people away before carrying out their nefarious act. The incident created tension at Shendam township stadium, venue of the meeting, as most of the Fulani seated were seen moving up and down apparently to sympathise with their colleagues.
Representatives of youth from the six local government areas, who spoke at the meeting, said cattle rustling, destruction of farm land and burning of house, as well as killing of innocent people, have become the order of the day in the Southern Senatorial zone
The state Chairman of Meyatti Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Boro Usaini, urged urgent solution to what he described as persistent cattle rustling.
He said: “If the people want peace to reign, then they should stop rustling the cattle belonging to the Fulani in the area. More....