Unknown gunmen have killed an official of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Nasarawa State Chapter, Yakubu Mama.
It was gathered that the gunmen attacked and murdered Mama on the claim that he exposed members of a crime syndicate operating along the Keffi-Karu-Abuja axis.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Nasarawa State Command, DSP Idrisu Kennedy, who confirmed the incident to Northern City News during a phone interview, however, said one person had been arrested in connection with the incident.
Kennedy added that the command was doing everything possible to arrest the other culprits and bring them to justice.
The state chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Muhammed Hussaini, said the unknown gunmen invaded the deceased’s residence last Tuesday and took him to a nearby bush where he was killed.
He said MACBAN officials, vigilance group members and police Special Anti- robbery Squad helped in the recovery of Mama’s body which was later interred in Karu.
According to him, the deceased had passed important information that had assisted security operatives in tracking down armed robbers and cattle rustlers in Keffi, Karu and Abuja areas.
Husseini said Mama had also provided useful tips that had prevented conflicts between herders and farmers in Keffi and Karu local government areas of the state.
Meanwhile, MACBAN said it had held a security meeting with the Chairman of the Awe Local Government Area of the state and security agencies to find solutions to the perennial herders and farmers crisis.
Hussaini said a committee had been set up by MACBAN and farmers to check criminal elements among the herders in the local government and those coming from far North to foment trouble.
“The Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Al-Makura, is a man of peace. We want peace and the governor advised us to always live in peace with one another,” he said.
He explained that the security meeting was meant to educate herdsmen passing through the state about the anti-open grazing law enacted by the Benue State Government.
He cautioned herders against grazing their animals on farms in the state and equally pleaded with farmers not to trespass on cattle routes to enable the herders to graze their livestock.
Source: ( Northern News )