Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), has cried out for justice over the alleged killing of four of its members and 108 cows in Ifite-Ogwari, Ayamelum Council of Anambra State.
MACBAN said the killings took place between December 20, 2019, and January 27, 2020.
Gidado Siddiki, South East chairman of MACBAN, who disclosed this to The Guardian on Monday in his office at Garriki Market, Amansea, Awka North Council, gave the names of the herders as Hasan Mobali 35, Hassan Rabiu, 35, Abdullahi Rahman, 31, and Bahabu Ilu, 38.
Siddiki said the association recovered the body of Rabiu, but youths in the area allegedly prevented them from recovering the bodies of the three others, claiming that they were dumped into Omambala River.
While speaking in company of 91-year-old Abdullahi Ahmadu, the father of Rahman, and Kawejo Musa, Rabiu’s guardian and Ilu, the MACBAN chairman said his association has written letters to governor Willie Obiano and John Abang, the commissioner of police, for intervention.
He called on the authorities to bring the perpetrators to book to serve as deterrent.
He noted that his association is not pressing for compensation, which could amount to about N37.5 million, as agreed with a committee set up by the state government.
Saddika stressed that the alleged killing of the herders was not a mistake.
Meanwhile, Uche Okafor, speaker of the state House of Assembly, has intervened in the matter, urging for calm over the incident that took place in his constituency.
At a meeting with MACBAN, Okafor frowned at the killings and called for restraint on both sides.
Siddiki lamented the discrimination against members of the association, who he said only wander in search of grass to feed their cattle.