By Mohammed Salisu
Suspected Berom youths have killed on herder and 52 rustled cattle in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.
The state chairman of Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, Nura Abdullahi, disclosed this while addressing journalists in Jos, the state capital on Monday.
According to him, the cows were rustled on Sunday and later found dead in Maiyanga village of Bassa Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Abdullahi added that another 13-year-old herder, Salisu Umar, had gone missing following the incident.
He said: “One Umar Muhammad Musa, aged 40, was intercepted and killed, allegedly by some unknown Berom assailants, while on his way to take food to his boys that were herding his cattle at a village around Kuru in Jos South Local Government Area.”
Mr Abdullahi added that Mr Musa was killed last Thursday but his corpse was discovered Sunday, with the aid of security agents.
“His body was found tied to stones and dumped inside a well. Three machines were used to pump out water before evacuating the body,” he said.
Also speaking, a local chairman of MACBAN in Barkin Ladi, Shuaibu Bayaro, appealed to the security agencies and state government to take necessary action.
“I am urging our youths to be patient and not to take the law into their own hands.
“We should allow security and government to do their work, but we are at the same time demanding justice.
The representatives of the commander Operation Safe Haven, Dominic Onyemulu, assured the herders that investigation would soon be commenced.
Mr Onyemulu, who is a major-general, urged them to be calm and not to go for any reprisal attacks.