The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, at the weekend said 456 cattle belonging to two of its members were allegedly rustled by youths in Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau State.
MACBAN President for North Central, Alhaji Danladi Chiroma, told journalists in Jos that the rustlers had crossed over to Ibbi Local Government Area of Taraba State to rustle the cattle and in the process killed one of the herders.
Alhaji Chiroma said after concerted efforts by security agents from Taraba and Operation Safe Haven in Plateau, the youths from Langtang South returned 24 out of the 456 cattle, an action which he said was unacceptable.
“Returning 24 cattle when you have stolen 456 is unacceptable and we will not let this go. The Ponzhi Tarok, Domkat Bali and the Senator representing Plateau South, Gen. Jeremiah Useni, cannot pretend not to know what is happening, they must take responsibility for the actions of their people and ensure that those cattle are returned. For over 10 years, no Fulani man has been allowed into their communities so why should they cross over to our communities to steal our cattle?”
Operation Safe Haven Media and Information Officer, Captain Ikedichi Iweha, confirmed the development, but said security agents had received conflicting figures from the owners.
In a related development, Istifanus Gyang, the member representing B/Ladi-Riyom Federal Constituency at the National Assembly condemned the rustling of Fulani cows by a criminal gang which reportedly occurred at the weekend near Dorowa Babuje.
Gyang in a statement made available to journalists observed that the ugly incident was an indication that the notorious multi-ethnic syndicate on cattle theft is still alive and active in Plateau State.
The member appealed to the people to join hands with him to rebrand B/Ladi-Riyom Federal Constituency from an axis of violence and bloodshed to that of peace and prosperity.‬
Meanwhile, an emergency National Executive Council meeting of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria held in Kaduna dissolved the chairmen and executive of its 36 states chapter including the Federal Capital Territory.
National President, MACBAN, Alhaji Muhammadu Kirowa Ardo Zuru, who chaired the meeting, said the dissolution of the state executive was meant to reposition the association.
He said in a few days it will name and inaugurate a seven-man committee that will be saddled with the responsibility of conducting an election, stressing that some of the chairmen have been in office for more than 30 years.
On his part, the Assistant National Public Relations Officer, Salim Musa Umar, said they want to sanitise the association to enable it partner with the government and security agents.
“We discussed issues surrounding the welfare and security of nomads. We want to reposition the association to meet modern day challenges. As an association, we are confronted with daily issues that are not palatable such as security and cattle rustling.’’
The meeting was attended by the national president and zonal executive members from its six zones.

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