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PLATEAU: 15 bodies recovered, 78 houses burnt — MACBAN

THE Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), has stated that 15 persons were slain following an alleged assault of their settlements in Plateau State’s Mangu Local Government Area.

The group also claimed that 78 of their members’ homes had been destroyed, and that over 2,000 animals had gone missing as a result of the invasion.

Nuru Abdullahi, the group’s state leader, stated this yesterday to journalists in Jos, the state capital.

According to Daily Trust’s report, the group accused Operation Rainbow, a state security outfit, of invading and burning their communities, an allegation that the team disputed.

He said, “On the invasion of Fulani communities in villages of Mangu, we have recovered 15 bodies killed on Friday. About 78 houses were burnt down. Cattle numbering 2,000 are still missing. This unfortunate thing is moving its head quickly into other LGAs of the state to annihilate Fulani completely in the state.”

Abdullahi also alleged a plan to attack their communities by suspected militias.

“There is an intelligence report that there are trained militias recruited and brought to fight and chase all Fulani out of Plateau State in the name of crisis. Therefore, at this point, we are still calling on the federal government to as a matter of urgency put a stop to what is happening in Mangu LGA.

“They should take immediate action before things go out of hand. We are soliciting the FG to take necessary action so that things will not go out of hand. We will not continue watching people killing us and destroying our properties,” Abdullahi added.

As of the time of reporting this story, the spokesman for the state police command, DSP Alabo Alfred, and the spokesman for the Nigerian Army’s 3 Division, Rukuba Barrack, Lieutenant Colonel Ishaku Sabastine Takwa, had yet to pick up their calls.

There have been crises in communities in Mangu LGA where more than 200 persons, including women and children, have been confirmed dead in the last several months.

Meanwhile, Plateau State Governor Caleb Mutfwang has placed a 24-hour curfew on Mangu Local Government Area in order to restore peace and order and prevent more loss of life and property.

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