Senator, representing Plateau South senatorial district, Jeremiah Useni, yesterday, cautioned Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, for linking him and the Ponzhi Tarok, the paramount ruler of the Langtang people, General Domkat Bali, rtd, to cattle rustling in the southern senatorial zone of the state.‬
‪It could be recalled that, MACBAN President for North Central, Alhaji Danladi Chiroma, had earlier this month accused Senator Useni and the Ponzhi Tarok, Gen. Domkat Bali of looking the other way while their tribesmen rustle cattle belonging to Fulani herdsmen.‬
Youths had crossed over to Ibbi local government area of Taraba State to rustle about 456 cattle and in the process killed one herdsman. The cattle, according to Operation Safe Haven, were moved in Langtang South LGA.‬
‪However, a statement issued by Sen. Useni’s head of media, Abubakar Ateeku Yusuf, yesterday, said the claim by the North Central Chairman of MACBAN was intended to implicate and smear the good name of the Senator and Ponzhi Tarok in the stealing of the cattle.‬
‪The statement noted that, “for the MACBAN Chairman to have just come up to tell a story implicating the good names of Senator Useni and the Ponzhi Tarok, is an attempt to give false and fallacious information aimed at damaging the hard earned reputation of the elder statesmen through misrepresentation of facts and further create hatred, distrust and suspicion among the peace loving people of the zone.
‪”It is indeed unfortunate for anybody or group of persons to embark on stealing people’s property, igniting violence and above all killing innocent persons, which Senator JT Useni always stand to condemn in strong terms,” the statement explained.‬
‪it further stressed that both Gen. Domkat Bali and Senator Useni were in Europe for medical checkup at the time the said 456 cattle were rustled, adding, “Senator Useni is always desirous of peaceful coexistence and will never support any form of violence or criminal act.”

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