The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has condemned the arrest of 54 herdsmen by the Taraba State Police Command in Takum Local Government Area of the state.
The North-East Zonal Chairman of the association, Mafindi Danburam, in a press conference in Jalingo, the state capital on Sunday, said the police does not have sufficient reason for arresting the cattle herders on March 14, Naija News understands.
“We have visited the command and demanded for reasons for their arrest, charges against them and the complainant statement which have not been made available to us.
“We are really in the hands of elements of destruction who believe that a Fulani man has no right to live and enjoy his right as a citizen in Taraba State.
“Takum is now a no-go area for us. Our people are being killed, their animals maimed but nobody has been arrested for these crimes.”
When contacted, the Taraba State Commissioner of Police, David Akinremi, said the arrest was based on information received and that investigation is still ongoing as regards the matter.
“About 41 of the suspects claimed they have cows at Kashimbilla. So, we need to verify if there is any evidence that they took cows to Bantaje for sale. We may probably find out from the native and middlemen if they had performed any transaction with them,” he said.