The Presidency has set up a high-powered investigation into the alleged killings of some people in three villages in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Our correspondent gathered that the investigation team is made up of intelligence officers from the Army, Defence headquarters and Department of Security Services.
Soldiers were said to have invaded Taroh communities of Kadarko, Mutum Biyu, Wadatan Arewa and Wadatan Kasuwa, all in Wase Local Government of Plateau State, following an alleged killing of six soldiers by unidentified militiamen.
The team was said to have arrived Wase since Sunday and have been conducting discreet investigation into the incident.
It was gathered that the team is expected to submit its preliminary findings to The Presidency on Friday,
Meanwhile, Fulani herdsmen, under the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, have attributed the crisis between herdsmen and natives in Plateau State to the incessant theft of cattle around Wase, Barkin Ladi, Riyom and Jos South of Plateau State.
They therefore appealed to the state government and the Special Task Force to help them retrieve some of their stolen cows and put a permanent end to the cow rustling.
The group said that only last Sunday over 300 cattle were stolen from Kunbur by youths from Chapkwai, Wase LG area of Plateau State.
The Chairman of MACBAN in Plateau State, Alhaji Haruna Hussaini, told newsmen in an interview in Jos on Wednesday that security agencies can fish out those behind the acts, if they are alive to their responsibilities.
He said, “The government and security operatives know that stealing of cattle is the cause of violence. They know that our cattle are stolen by these youths, yet they keep quiet. So, what do they want from us? This is the only business we know and when you steal our source of livelihood, you make our boys unemployed and you know that an idle youth is a danger to the community.”
Also, the Secretary of MACBAN in Wase, Alhaji Abdullahi Yusuf, said some Tarok youths from Chapkwai who were displeased with the incessant rustling had called to report the presence of the cattle in the community.
Yusuf said over 30 armed Tarok youths had rustled their cattle on Sunday afternoon while grazing in Kunbur and they killed one of them in the process.
He said, “Some of our boys assembled and went after the cattle but they were stopped by the soldiers in Wase. The soldiers also saw the cattle and the rustlers but they could not go after them. When we got information that the cattle were moved to Chapkwai, we alerted the police and soldiers but they said they needed orders from above to go after them.”
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