The Arewa Consultative Forum
(ACF) has called on the Federal Government and military authorities to as a matter of urgency investigate the circumstances surrounding the killing of over 40 pastoralists and butchers around Doma, Nasarawa State, allegedly by a drone strike on January 25, 2023.
The herders were killed in the Rukuni community of Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa last week.
The herders were said to have been tracked and killed while offloading their cattle shortly after reaching their destination in Nasarawa State.
Reacting to the killing, the ACF through its Secretary General, Murtala Aliyu asked the Federal Government to immediately fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act, whoever they are to face the law.
“ACF is calling on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency conduct an investigation surrounding the murder of over 50 pastoralists and butchers around Doma, Nasarawa State by a purported Drone strike on the 25th of January 2023.
“To our knowledge, only government has the power to deploy armed drones.
The circumstances surrounding the killing of pastoralists who went to Makurdi, the Benue State capital to retrieve 1,250 impounded cattle from the Benue Livestock guards after paying a Fine of N29 million.
“Sources told the ACF that drone strike happened while the livestock were being offloaded after the owners were forced to take back their cattle in trucks from Makurdi,” ACF said.
This incident came barely six months after hundreds of livestock were killed when a helicopter gunship belonging to the Nigerian Air force from the Makurdi Base Operation carried out a strike, killing and wounding animals and some herders in Awe, also in Nasarawa State.
He said in a sane country, the death of one person is enough to attract the attention and intervention of the government adding,
“The Nigerian air space is managed by the Federal Government through the Nigerian Airspace Management Authority (NAMA).
“So, we expect the Federal Government to immediately fish out the perpetrators of this dastardly act, whoever they are to face the law.”
He commended Nasarawa State Government for the intervention it made so far in giving medical attention and support to survivors and the victims’ family.
While condemning what he described as “unwarranted killing”, he extended ACF’s condolences to the families of the deceased and the government of Nasarawa State and called for adequate compensation to the families of the victims.
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