A leader of Miyetti Allah cattle breeders in Benue State, Garus Golol, has on the heels of the recent attacks launched in Benue communities revealed the reason behind the decision by the Fulani herdsmen.
Garus Gagol, while reacting to the attack which left several persons dead and scores injured said the action was a reprisal for alleged theft of cows.
Recall thar Fulani herdsmen had attacked communities in Guma and Logo local government areas of the state between Monday, January 1 and Tuesday, January, 2018.
Speaking in a chat with BBC Pidgin, Gololo added that the attack which left scores dead was only because the herdsmen were defending themselves adding that over 1000 cows were stolen at Nengere, a community in the state when the herdsmen were moving out of Benue to Taraba state.
He maintained: “As we dey relocate go Taraba State through Nassarawa State, for border town of Nengere, thief come collect 1000 cows from us, so we sef fight dem back.”
Gololo further explained that crisis started when the herdsmen were trying to protect and defend themselves and their property.