Two military aircraft have killed over 1,000 cows in several attacks on Fulani villages in Keana and Doma local government districts of Nasarawa.
The attacks reportedly took place between Thursday, June 10 and Sunday, June 13.
The operation was said to have lasted three hours and drove farmers and Fulani herders to flee their homes for fear of being killed.
“Operation Whirl Stroke of the Nigerian Air Force Base Makurdi in Benue State was in charge of the aircraft that carried out the operation,” a source claimed.
“Some bandits shot at a military aircraft, which caused the shelling of the entire area,” according to the sources. One of the gunships was painted in the colors of the Nigerian Air Force, while the other was painted in army green.”
Some Fulani leaders, on the other hand, said the attack was unprovoked.
Hundreds of cows were also slain between Kwatanbala and Akwanaja in Doma LGA, according to Bala Mohammed Dabo, interim Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Nasarawa State.
“During a separate attack on Thursday in Kuduku, Keana LGA, Alhaji Jigawa lost a large number of cows. In Nasarawa State, we met with military authorities. The officer in charge here was the overall commander in Benue, and he vowed to elevate the situation to the appropriate authorities.
“We pleaded with them to end the unjustified siege and slaughter of cows in Nasarawa State,” he said.
A victim, Ibrahim Adamu of Akwanaja ward in Kwatanbala LGA, said the gunships killed 40 of his cows on Thursday.
“Our cows had returned home from grazing when the plane came in around 6 p.m. and killed them. We’re in a lot of agony, and we’re hoping for assistance from whatever source we can find. “The cows are our main source of income,” he explained.
Abdulkareem Bayero, the Chairman of the Coalition of Fulani Youths Groups of Nigeria (CFYGN), stated awful things were going on in Nasarawa State that were not being reported.
“We are pleading with the authorities to intervene in the Fulani terrorism. In Nasarawa, there is no anti-grazing legislation, thus there is no basis for air force gunships to come in and destroy hundreds of cows belonging to innocent Fulani herders.
“The onslaught has been going on for a long time, with the most recent attack occurring on Thursday. Aside from the cows slain in the LGAs of Awe and Keana, hundreds of others have fled to Benue State, where they have been rustled by the locals.
“We need the federal government’s help; we need compensation for our people. If this kind of lawlessness continues, peace will continue to elude the country,” he said.
“Around 6 a.m. on Sunday, two aircraft from the side of Benue launched sporadic attacks and killed our cows,” said Ya”u, a youth leader in Keana.
“When they returned the second time, at 9 a.m., they began bombing the injured cows again, just as our workers were attempting to save some of them. Aside from the hundreds slaughtered, more than 500 cows have gone missing.
“We are in distress, we need urgent intervention. Government must talk to the military to stop the offensive. We are compelled to suspect that the government at the centre is also complicit because only the federal government has the power to dispatch aircraft to go and bomb a target.
“We are living peacefully in Nasarawa, we don’t have any case with the host communities and we have never been suspected of banditry or kidnapping but our people are now the target of attacks; we are in serious disarray,” he said.
Police man detained for allegedly killing 18-year-old female admission seeker
A police officer has allegedly killed an admission seeker, Monsurat Ojuade, in Lagos State.
The 18-year-old Ojuade was shot dead around the Ijeshatedo area of Lagos State around 11.35 pm on Friday.
Ojuade was said to have sat for the just-concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and scored 236.
The Lagos State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, in a statement, confirmed the death and arrest of the officer in question.
The statement read, “It has come to the knowledge of the Lagos State Police Command that one Monsurat Ojuade (female) aged 18, was hit by a stray bullet at about 0100hrs of 11th September, 2021 when a team of detectives from the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, went on investigation activities to effect arrest of a robbery suspect in Ijeshatedo area of the State.
“Concerted efforts were made to save the life of the injured victim. She was immediately taken to the hospital for urgent medical attention but later died on the way to the hospital.
“The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, regrets this unfortunate but avoidable incident and sincerely commiserates with the bereaved family in whose pain he shares in this moment of grief.
“This is, therefore, to inform the bereaved family, sympathizers and the general public that the erring Police officer who pulled the trigger has been identified and is currently being detained.
“The Commissioner of Police has directed that the said police officer should be tried and charged to court immediately after being dismissed from the Force.
“This, it is believed, will serve as deterrent to others who do not act professionally in the course of their duties.
“This singular sad incident notwithstanding, the Lagos State Police Command shall continue to strive vigorously and conscientiously to protect the lives of property of the citizens in the State.”
Bandits hit military base in Zamfara, kill 12 officers
Bandits hit a Nigerian military base in Mutumji, Dansadau, Zamfara, on Saturday morning.
The attackers also seized weapons from the killed service members and set ablaze other equipment.
The number of security forces manning the base was not immediately clear. The base has served as a crucial point operation for logistics and reconnaissance efforts to rout out bandits operating between eastern flank of Zamfara and western Katsina.
Woman has three babies for her two sons in Kwara
Am immigrant, Adamu Sime, has been arrested by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Kwara State Command, for allegedly having sex with his biological mother.
Adamu’s younger brother, who is also said to be having sexual relationship with the same mother, is wanted too.
The command’s spokesman, Mr. Babawale Afolabi, confirmed said that Adamu had been having sexual intercourse with his mother for a long time, which resulted in three offspring.
“On September 9, the District Head of Mosne Had Community, Kaima, Malam Bandede, reported the forbidden act being committed by Sime and his mother Fati Sime, of the same community.
“Men from the Intelligence Unit, NSCDC in Kaima, swung into action and the outcome of the investigations established the fact that the mother (Fati) had birthed three children for her biological son,” he stated.
Afolabi said that further investigation revealed that the younger brother of the accused, who was also confirmed to be sleeping with the mother, was now at large.
He said that the mother and her two sons did not have the necessary papers to stay in Nigeria and had been handed over to the Nigeria Immigration Service for background checks and further action.