The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Commandant, in Plateau State, Mr. Bature Vincent, has said the recurring attacks in most Plateauvillages was as a result of cattle-rustling between the natives and the Hausa Fulani herdsmen. “The recent crisis that rockedthe community is a reprisal attack from the Hausa Fulani herdsmen whose cows, numbering about 500, were stolen, before the just-concludedgeneral election.”
Bature said but because of the heavy security presence as aresult of the elections, the herdsmen could not attack the communityand now that there had been some rather lax security, they had found an opportunityto carry out a reprisal.”
Although Bature said that no official report had been given as to whythe attack was carried out against the natives in BarkinLadi Local Government Area, it was most likely to be a reprisal directed at cattle-rustlers.
Recall that BarkinLadi was attacked, on Monday night, leaving no fewerthan 30 persons dead and several others wounded, Bature said noarrest had been made, because the attack took place very late in the night.
The Plateau NSCDC boss also pointed out that one of greatestchallenges faced by his men to combat crime in the affectedcommunities was lack of motorable roads as security personnel would have to use motorcycles, popularly known as Okada to accessmost villages.
Batureadvised that the natives and the Hausa Fulani herdsmen would have to abide by the resolutions of all the peacemeetings so far organised by the security chiefs between them and their neighbours.
The Plateau natives have often complained that the Hausa- Fulani herdsmen were destroying their farm lands with their cows during grazing on them.
The herdsmen feel aggrieved that the natives steal that cattle.