The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has denied killing over 1,000 cows in Keana and Doma Local Government Areas of the state.
Naija News earlier reported that Fulani herders in the state had accused the Nigerian military of killing over 1,000 cows in multiple attacks on Fulani settlements in the state.
According to the herders, the cows were killed during multiple attacks launched by the Nigerian Air Force between Thursday, June 10 and Sunday, June 13.
Reacting to the allegation, the spokesman of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, described the allegation that anybody or any animal was killed as false.
Gabkwet noted that the military operation was targeted at bandits wielding AK-47 and spiralling in the Benue State capital, Makurdi.
He added that the operation in Makurdi is a Defence Headquarters’ operation not an Air Force operation.
In his words: “The story is totally false. There are some banditry activities not far from Benue State; somewhere very close to Makurdi. It is between Makurdi and Lafia. So, our helicopter went there and tracked some bandits we saw with AK-47.
“In fact, nobody was killed and nothing happened. The bandits ran into the city. Of course, our trackers picked them out but they later went back again. In clear terms, bandits ran into the city and mingled with the locals.”
Source: Naija News