About seventy-three cows were killed while 18 other cows were injured in an early morning attack on Yamadaga village, Kadarko community in Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State by suspected cattle rustlers.
The cattle rustlers reportedly invaded Kadarko community at about 4am on Monday, shooting into the air. They were also said to have kidnapped two persons, chasing other cows into the bush in the process.
The victims of the attack, who were mostly herdsmen, claimed that the masterminds of the attack were Tiv farmers and that it was a reprisal attack.
Ahmed Abdullahi, one of the cow owners, said the rustlers unleashed mayhem when the villagers were asleep.
He said, “I was sleeping and then I heard bullet sound everywhere, I didn’t see anybody but they killed my 73 cows, some of them were dispersed into the bush and I haven’t seen two of my children.”
A chief in the village, Ardo of Yamadaga, Husseini Adamu, said the attackers were numbering close to 1,000′ claiming that they were welding various dangerous weapons.
He said, “In the morning around 6am, our children saw some Tiv people numbering up to 1,000 holding sophisticated weapons. They killed some cattle, went away with many.
“They even took motorcycles. Before I came, the place was already in chaos and we realised that at a spot they have killed 73 cows excluding the ones that they carted away with and also they went with two of our children.”
When contacted, the Commissioner of Police, Nasarawa State Command, Ahmed Bello, confirmed the incident, saying that investigations are ongoing on to unravel the identity of the attackers.