The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has raised the alarm over incessant attacks on herders in Ebonyi State, alleging that 10 herders were killed between June and September 2020.
The South-East Zonal Chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, disclosed this while briefing journalists on the September 28 attack on a herders’ settlement in Ukwuachi Forest, Ishieke, in the Ebonyi Local Government Area of the state.
Siddiki said until recently, members of the association had enjoyed cordial relationships with their host communities in the state.
He stated, “The Fulani people in the South-East are not violent and we are not here to undermine the business of the people of the area.
“However, we have experienced a lot of challenges in Ebonyi, including the death of our members. I am constrained to say this publicly.
“The government and security agencies have been doing their best to stop the attacks on our members and that is why we did not want to complain before now.
“If the situation has gone beyond what the security agencies in the state can contain, then we will be calling on the Federal Government for assistance so that it will not get out of hand.”
He said that it was worrisome that in spite of what the group’s members had suffered, some women were mobilised to protest against them.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Loveth Odah, said some herders had been “at the receiving end of security threat.”
Odah said the Commissioner of Police, Mr Philip Maku, condemned the recent attack, which resulted in the death of two minors and ordered a manhunt for the perpetrators.
“The police commissioner has ordered full scale investigation into the matter with a view to arresting the perpetrators who fled the scene after the incident,” she said.