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Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders' Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has described the attacks on some communities in Plateau state as an act of retaliation.
This was contained in a statement on Monday by Danladi Ciroma, Chairman, north-central zone of the cattle breeders association, saying herdsmen in the state had lost about 300 cows in the weeks leading to the attack.

Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders' Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has described the attacks on some communities in Plateau state as an act of retaliation.
This was contained in a statement on Monday by Danladi Ciroma, Chairman, north-central zone of the cattle breeders association, saying herdsmen in the state had lost about 300 cows in the weeks leading to the attack.

Nigeria Moment reliably gathered that suspected herdsmen attacked Riyom, Barakin Ladi and Jos south local government areas of the state on Saturday night and over 100 persons were killed in the incident. “These attacks are retaliatory. As much as I don't support the killing of human being, the truth must be told that those who carried out the attacks must be on revenge mission,” Ciroma said.
“There have been recent reports of cow rustling and destruction of farms between Berom farmers and Fulani herdsmen. The people carrying out these criminal activities are well known to the communities but the communities are hiding them. “Fulani herdsmen have lost about 300 cows in the last few weeks – 94 cows were rustled by armed Berom youths in Fan village, another 36 cows were killed by Berom youths. In addition to that, 174 cattle were rustled and the criminals disappeared with them to Mangu.
“Since these cows were not found, no one should expect peace in the areas. Even soldiers that went after the criminals to recover the rustled cows were shot by the armed rustlers and eventually escaped with all the cows.
“The government of Governor Lalong has done a lot to restore peace, but the criminal elements hiding among their people are the ones frustrating these peace efforts. “Criminals thrive a lot in Berom communities, but when the Fulani, who are always victims of their crime, react with attacks, they blame the government.” Meanwhile, The Nigerian police have deployed a Special Intervention Force, led by Deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP) in-charge of operations, to restore peace to troubled Plateau State. Mr. Jimoh Moshood, Force Public Relations Officers, said on Monday in a statement, that the special force had been mandated to restore lasting peace to troubled Barkin-Ladi, Riyom, Jos South local governments where scores of people were killed at the weekend and other flash points. The special force is backed up with two helicopters, five Amoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), three Police Mobile Force Units (PMF), two Counter Terrorism Cells (CTU ) and Police Intelligence Unit and Police Intelligence Unit. The massive deployment of men and material was ordered by the Idris, who is troubled by the recent killings of innocent people in Barkin-Ladi (Gashishi), Riyom, Jos South.
The Special Intervention Force, also includes personnel of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID) , detachment of Police Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD), Police K9 (Sniffer Dogs Section), Conventional Policemen, and Special Anti-Robbery Squads. Members of the team have started arriving in Plateau state and working in synergy with the Plateau State Police Command to ensure that the peace and normalcy restored are sustained in the affected areas and other flash points in Plateau State, he said.
Moshood said that the police have also deployed Special investigation Team comprising the Intelligence Response Team ( IRT), the Special Tactical Squad (STS) and the Technical Platforms. The team, led by Commissioner of Police of the IGP Monitoring Unit, is to carry out a thorough and discreet investigation into the killings and promptly apprehend those responsible. “To achieve success in this operation, the team will be proactive and strict in the enforcement of its mandates, Police standard operations procedures and rule of engagement will be fully adhered to. “The Police Special Intervention Force will ensure the full enforcement of the curfew imposed on the affected areas by the Plateau State Government.
“The personnel of the Police special Intervention Force will carry out twenty four hours surveillance and patrol, stop and search of vehicles, and suspected locations and hideouts of the assailants.
“The Team will also engage in continuous raids of identified criminal hideouts and black spots, with a view to arrest promptly those responsible for the killings and nip in the bud and prevent any further attack, attempt to attack or cause any form of violence that can lead to killings and other criminalities in the affected areas. The deployment of the personnel of the Police Special Intervention Force will equally cover communities, towns, villages, vulnerable settlements, government and private infrastructures and facilities in all the affected areas and other flash points in the State. The police appeal to traditional rulers, religious leaders, community leaders, the youth groups, public office holders, politicians, opinion leaders, parents and guardians to prevail on their wards and followers to support the police. “You are hereby called upon to prevail on your subjects, adherents/followers, children and wards to support the personnel of the Police Special Intervention Force in the discharge of their responsibilities.' The police implored leaders to allow police Investigation and the law to take it full course, and not resort to reprisals and counter attacks.

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