The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) on Monday threatened legal action against the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) over alleged attacks on its members and cattle by armed men in the southeast.
POLITICS NIGERIA recalls that gunmen on Sunday morning attacked a truck transporting cattle in Ezinifite community in Aguata Local Government Area (LGA) of Anambra State, setting it ablaze.
The incident, according to a commentator, in a video trending on the social media, happened along the road leading to Uga community in the same LGA.
No life was lost in the attack.
This is as IPOB insisted it has commenced the enforcement of the ban on cows outside ranching places on April 27 this year.
Many cows, as well as herders of Fulani extraction, have been attacked and shot dead since the start of the year.
Addressing newsmen after an emergency meeting of the herders in Abuja on Monday, Secretary-General of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Saleh Hassan, bemoaned the cruelty against animals and the mindless killings of its tribesmen.
“The latest attacks that prompted this emergency press conference just happened yesterday (Sunday) and we have alerted our members, our leadership in the Southeast to take stock of the number of cattle killed and possible lives lost,” Hassan said.
“The latest attacks that prompted this emergency press conference just happened yesterday (Sunday) and we have alerted our members, our leadership in the Southeast to take stock of the number of cattle killed and possible lives lost.
“The truck that was set ablaze is all over the social media and we saw a full load of cattle. A truck takes about 30 Cows. This is aside isolated cases of killings of herders going on, particularly in southeastern Nigeria by the terrorist group led by the detained Nnamdi Kanu’s IPOB which portends a grave danger, because we will not fold our arms to continue to watch an outlawed organization killing our people in the Southeast. That is why we are calling on the security agencies to urgently take action to arrest the situation because we don’t want people to take laws into their hands.
“The latest attacks were carried out by IPOB because if you watch the videos which I will share with members of the press in case you don’t have it, they were speaking Igbo, they were proclaiming that their organization was behind it. They want to make sure they chase out every Fulani man in the Southeast, destroy their cattle. So it is not debatable.”
The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.