However, on Thursday, the State Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), alleged that on Wednesday, Rigwe ethnic group, killed two Fulani herders, adding that the bodies of the deceased were recovered together with security personnel including DCO Jos South and soldiers from Operation Safe Haven (OPSH).
But the spokesperson for the Rigwe ethnic group, Davidson Malison, debunked the allegation, describing it as baseless and unfounded.
Chairman of Miyetti Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Malam Nura Abdullahi, debunked the allegation.
The MACBAN chairman narrated how the cattle were poisoned during grazing, explaining that “Irigwe went to a pond where our cattle drink water and poisoned it.
They also put the poison in mangoes and throw them where they believe that herders pass during grazing.
The OPSH is fully aware of the situation.
We have reported the incident to them.
It is unfortunate and uncalled for.”
ASP Ubah Gabriel, who confirmed the killing of the villagers to said the command had deployed officers to the area, adding that an investigation was ongoing to trail the culprits of the attack.
However, our correspondent reports that hours before the said attack, the leadership of Fulani herders in the state accused Irigwe of poisoning their cattle where 31 cattle were found, a situation that many believe was a reprisal.
Major Ishaku Takwa, the spokesperson for Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), confirmed the alleged poisoning of the cattle and the subsequent Monday night attack in the area.
Reacting to the allegation, the Irigwe spokesperson, said, “This is an allegation and the Fulani should stop accusing us of poisoning their cattle.
I think the matter is under investigation.
It is after the investigation that we will know whether or not, the cattle were poisoned.
The cattle may be experiencing a particular disease like other animals.
They should stop accusing us.”
Despite the efforts being put in place by both OPSH and the state government to end the Fulani/Irigwe crisis, the conflict has continued to claim lives while properties are destroyed in the villages of Bassa.