The Chairman of Langtang North Local Government council,Hon Nanmwa Kumzhi has refuted the allegation of cattle rustle linking the Tarok people.
He said the native of Tarok are not responsible for death of those people but condemned the killing as barbaric.
We preach peaceful coexistence among our people and I want the world to understand that our youths are hard work so they will not engaged in criminal activity.
According to him, because of Five herdsmen who were reported to have been killed, while over four hundreds and thirteen cattle were rustled in the locality of Yelwa in Shendam and Barkin Ladi Local Government Areas, of Plateau State.
The herders were said to have been attacked and killed, in a village close to Yelwan Shandam at about 4 pm on Sunday, while other cattle were rustled in the evening at Dorowa village.
A local source had confirmed that the deceased herders were attacked by unknown gun men, who later rustled over two hundred cattle into Taraba State.
Also conforming the incident the Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Plateau State Chapter, Alhaji Haruna Boro Hussaini, saying “it was true that 5 of our People were, confirmed killed by Tarok People of Lantang and had gutted away with them 278 cattle.”
Alhaji Hussain, said the matter was reported to the soldiers stationed at Yelwa, stressing that “..but the soldiers has said that the matter has over powered them, so they could not do anything.”
He said apart from the killings of his members, another 135 cattle were also rustled at Dorowa village, “..in the evening of Sunday, and were rustled into Fan village of Bark in Ladi Local Government Area of the State.”
He further said MACBAN, in the state is saddened by the repeated attacks, killings of their members as well as rustling of their cattle.
According to him such an acts has been a major setback to the cause of peace in the state.
The Special Task Force (STF), media/information officer Captain Ikedichi Iweha, has confirmed the incidents.
He said: “It was true that some cattle were rustled at Dorowa, and the cattle were recovers , those in connection were also arrested. And efforts were ongoing towards recovering those in Yelwan Shendam.”