The Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore in Taraba has accused the Nigeria Airforce of killing 1,200 cows in Vingiri and Akisa villages in Takum Local Government Area of the state.
Chairman of the herders’ group, Alhaji Bammi Bello Njane, made the allegation in a statement issued to newsmen on Wednesday in Jalingo, the state capital.
Njane alleged that on November 9 and 10, a bomb from a tactical jet from the Air Force base in Makurdi killed about 1,200 cows and injured some persons.
According to Njane, the accidental bombing is happening in Taraba for the second time, after such an incident occurred in August.
He, however, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Darius Ishaku to quickly investigate the alleged incident.
The statement reads, “On the 9th and 10th of this month, an Air Force Tactical jet from the Makurdi Airforce Base entered our state and bombed over one thousand cattle in Vingiri and Akisa villages in Takum local government area of the state.
“While we found 792 dead cattle, 430 went missing and have not been found as of the time of this briefing. 42 sheep and six persons also got injured in the attack. This is the second time this is happening. Sometimes in August, the same jet bombarded and killed 73 cows and six persons with several animals and persons injured. Our settlement was also destroyed along with most of our property.
“We wrote to the state governor, Arch Darius Ishaku, as a peace-loving governor to investigate the immediate and remote causes of these inhuman acts against our members and their animals by the Nigerian Air Force and to use his good office to compel the federal government to pay compensation to his subjects for the damage done by the Air Force.
“We want him to ensure that this barbaric act, which is usually targeted at our members in Nigeria and Taraba specifically, does not occur again in the future for peace to reign in the state while those behind the attacks should be made to face the law.”