Fulani attacked several villages in Benue state just before Christmas. The Fulani have taken responsibility for the attack. In a statement by Garus Gololo, a leader of Miyetti Allah cattle breeders in Benue State, he tries to say that this attack was conducted in retaliation for the theft of cattle from Fulani who were grazing in the area and trying to leave the state. As of now, there has been no other evidence that this theft of cattle has taken place. Also, the villages attacked are not the same as those that supposedly stole the cattle. This attack is just another case of Fulani killing Christian farmers in their ongoing attempt to kill off Christianity in the North.
2018-01-08 Nigeria (TheGuardian) A leader of Miyetti Allah cattle breeders in Benue State, Garus Gololo has revealed why Fulani herdsmen attacked some communities in Benue state.
He said their action was a reprisal for alleged theft of cows.
Herdsmen had attacked communities in Guma and Logo local government areas of the state between Monday, January 1 and Tuesday, January 2.
The incident left scores dead, including nearly a dozen livestock guards.
In a chat with BBC Pidgin, Gololo explained that the herdsmen were only defending themselves from thieves.
He claimed that over 1000 cows were stolen at Nengere, a community in the state when the herdsmen were moving out of Benue to Taraba state.
“As we dey relocate go Taraba State through Nassarawa State, for border town of Nengere, thief come collect 1000 cows from us, so we sef fight dem back”, he said.
Gololo added that the crisis broke out while the herdsmen were trying to protect and defend themselves and their property.
Meanwhile, Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has debunked an allegation that he is the chief financier of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).
The association is the national body of Fulani herdsmen.