A Taraba traditional ruler has raised the alarm over the occupation of his domain by suspected armed herdsmen.
Backstory: The traditional ruler of the Kona people in Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba state, Augustine Njanmeng, said the herdsmen have taken over 17 villages belonging to his community. Recall that a reported April 2019 attack on the Kona community by the suspected herdsmen resulted in the loss of 51 lives and displacement of over 8000 people. According to the monarch, these territories have now been claimed by the herdsmen, who wield sophisticated weapons which they use to shoot anyone who challenges them.
Sahabi Tukur, the Taraba state Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) declined to react to media requests on this allegation. He noted that the group will release a statement once it has authorized approval from the national secretariat of MACBAN.
Bottomline: The silence of MACBAN is loud and lends credence to these allegations. One would have expected the group which has denied being a terror group to denounce the occupation of the villages but it did not. However, the buck stops with the government to take out these terrorizing herdsmen and enable the displaced people of Kona to return to their ancestral lands.