Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State says he is working with security agencies to unmask the killers of the state Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar Jalido.
Jalido was assassinated by yet to be identified gunmen on October 30 in his residence at Peace Community, Lokoja.
Bello, who said this in a statement in Lokoja on Sunday, condemned the brutal killing of Jalido, saying the killers would be apprehended and made to face the law for the dastardly act.
He called for calm among Fulani herdsmen in the state, advising against reprisal and extrajudicial reaction from any quarters.
“The prevailing calm in the wake of the unfortunate crime should be sustained,” the governor pleaded in the statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs. Petra Akinti-Onyegbule.
“It is important that crime does not go unpunished, in order to send a resounding message to all and sundry that such will not be tolerated in Kogi State,” Bello said.
While describing the assassination of Jalido as painful, the governor condoled with members of his immediate family and friends to bear his exit with absolute faith in Allah and prayed that God would grant him eternal rest.
Meanwhile, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria promised to remain calm and give the government and security agencies time to unmask the killers of Jalido.
The state secretary of the association, Mr. Suleiman Abubakar, told NAN that members of the association had decided to give security agencies necessary information that might lead to the arrest of the killers.
Abubakar urged government and security agencies to expedite action to unmask the killers in the interest of justice and fairness.