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MACBAN identifies members missing in Anambra

Sequel to the recent attack on Fulani herders at Ogborji in Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra state on Saturday, the South-East chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has alleged that at least 21 of its members were missing from January to date.

The Zonal Chairman of the Association, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, stated this at a press briefing in Awka, Anambra State, saying four members of the association were killed and hundreds of cows were missing from Saturday’s attack.

Saddiki identified the four victims as Hadari Umaru, Hamidu Umaru, Aliu Idris, and Hassan Idris. The police were able to recover one corpse but others are still missing.

“The four herders made it a total number of 21 of our members killed in the state between January and early March 2021. Until the recent attacks, members of the Miyetti Allah Association had enjoyed cordial relationships with their host communities in the state and the entire South-East. The Fulani people in the South-East are not violent and we are not here to undermine the business of the people of the area. We are here to transact business and not to foment trouble.”

Similarly, two herders were also reportedly killed in a similar incident at Ishiagu, in Ivo LGA of Ebonyi state.

He further complained about how herders had been criminalized in the country while calling on the Anambra State Government and Traditional rulers for immediate intervention so as to put an end to further attacks on its members.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Haruna Mohammed, while reacting to the incident said, the commissioner of Police Monday Karyas had ordered for an investigation into the attacks, stating that anyone found guilty would be brought to book.