On Thursday, the Benue State branch of the Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) dissociated itself from the recent killings of villagers in three local government areas in the state.
According to our source, at least 25 persons were slain in simultaneous strikes on multiple communities in the Guma, Logo, and Tarka LGAs on Tuesday.
The survivors of the carnage stated that their assailants were ranchers who had laid siege to their area.
However, in a statement issued on Thursday, Alhaji Mohammed Risku, the State Chairman of MACBAN, and his Secretary, Ibrahim Galma, denounced the deaths and expressed their condolences to the people.
The group emphasized that the attacks were not carried out by its members, emphasizing the need of security services investigating the case and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
“This is in response to the recent killings in Benue State in Guma LGA on 11/4/2022, Logo LGA and Tarka LGA on 12/4/2022.”
“The MACBAN, Benue State Chapter, has categorically denounced these heinous deaths of innocent people in Benue State.” We express our sympathies to the victims’ families, the Benue State Government, and the whole people of the state for this tragedy.
“We wish to emphasize that, contrary to what has been reported in the media, the aforementioned attacks were not carried out by our members in the state.” There are no Fulani herders in Tarka LGA or Guma LGA, and there is no misunderstanding or provocation between farmers and herders, especially in the regions where the assaults took place.
“As a result, we urge security forces to pursue the perpetrators of these crimes in the sake of justice.”