1 February 2013

Nigeria: Soldiers Attack Herdsmen, Kill Two Cows, Injure Others in Nasarawa

Soldiers on special duty in Nasarawa State, yesterday, laid siege to Fulani herdsmen killed two of their cows just as some the herdsmen suistained gunshot wounds.

This expectedly created tension in Garaku, the headquaters of Kokona Local Government Area of the state where the incident happened.

One of the victims, Dauji Dunka, who narrated his ordeal to LEADERSHIP, said that the incident took place at about 3pm behind Government Girls Secondary School, Garaku. He said they were on their way to water their herds when soldiers believed to be moving from Keffi to Bassa disembarked from their Hilux vans and beckoned on the Fulanis.

On sighting the soldiers, however, the Fulanis were gripped with anxiety and took to their hills prompting the soldiers to shoot at them. In the ensuing pandemonium over a hundred cattles were said to have dispersed in many directions with five yet to be found.

The ardo (head) of the Fulani in the area, Mallam Tanimu Gambo, said the soldiers did not stop at that as they went to the market and arrested a boy of about 13 years and took him away.

When our reporter visited the paramount ruler of the area, the Abaga Toni, Dr. Sylvester Ayih, he said two dead cows were brought to his palace by the Fulani which were reportedly killed by soldiers.

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