The Miyyati Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has said that its members are also victims of bandits and cattle rustlers.
Speaking with journalists in Kaduna on Friday, MACBAN Chairman, Alhaji Haruna Usman Tugga, said Fulani herdsmen also suffer from the atrocities of bandits and cattle rustlers, who constantly rustle cows, kidnap herdsmen and kill whenever victims fail to pay a ransom.
He noted that the conflicts in Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State have led to the death of 16 persons, mostly women and children.
Tugga added that over 300 houses belonging to the Fulani were reportedly burnt to ashes in different villages of the Chiefdom.
According to the MACBAN leader, the present conflicts emanated from the attack on a family by unknown bandits in Gora Gan village of the Chiefdom on 7th July 2021.
He said: “The trigger for the present round of disturbances emanated from the attack on a family by unknown bandits in Gora Gan village of the Chiefdom on 7th July 2021.
”As is characteristic of the misinformed youths who are indoctrinated to hate the Fulani pastoralists, attack on cattle rearers followed the unfortunate event. While security agencies moved swiftly to contain the violence around Gora Gan and adjoining villages, there was the mobilization of Atyap youths by some ethnic chauvinists among the Atyap ethnic community and other non-peace loving organizations that resulted in attacks on Fulani settlements throughout the Chiefdom.
“Within a few days, all the houses of the Fulani in the Chiefdom were burnt by mobs in broad daylight. In addition to the burning of settlements, an unconfirmed number of Fulani pastoralists were also killed. As a consequence, the surviving victims of the arson are now internally displaced and scattered around in neighbouring Local Governments of Kaura, Kauru, Lere, Jema’a and Kachia.
“Due to the nature of attacks and displacement of the Fulani people, we are yet to ascertain the total number of people killed, even though there are confirmed reports of the killing of 16 persons, mostly women and children. Over 300 houses belonging to the Fulani are reportedly burnt to ashes in the different villages for the Chiefdom.”