In response to the chaos which broke out in parts of Plateau State and led to the death of hundreds, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has basically claimed responsibility for the killings, but there’s more.
In a statement by the North Central Zone chairman of Miyetti Allah, Danladi Ciroma, the killings were retaliation for the 300 cows killed by ‘criminal elements’.
“Fulani herdsmen have lost about 300 cows in the last few weeks… Since these cows were not found, no one should expect peace in the areas,” Ciroma actually said.
He went on to call on security agencies to give fair hearing to all parties involved, and accused community leaders of hiding the criminal elements who kill and rustle cows, saying innocent people would continue to be killed if these community leaders failed to give up the criminals.
PRESIDENCY DEPLOYS SECURITY AGENCIES TO PLATEAU STATE FOLLOWING KILLINGS
It took a few days and many lives lost unnecessarily but the Presidency has deployed special units of the army and police to Plateau State to restore calm.
Hundreds of citizens lost their when armed herdsmen, now believed to be endorsed b Miyetti Allah, went on a killing spree over the loss of about 300 cows to yet-to-be-identified “criminal elements” according to Miyetti Allah North Central zone chairman, Danladi Ciroma.
As a result, Special Forces from the army in what has been dubbed ‘Operation Safe Haven’, as well as Police Special Intervention Force have been deployed to the state as part of the presidency’s “commitment to ensuring the continuing security of lives and property is total.”
President Muhammadu Buhari, who expressed his sadness over the killings, also stated that Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, would be in the state to meet with the governor, Simon Lalong, to plot ways forward for the state in the aftermath of the violence.
POLICE INVITE D’BANJ FOR FORMAL ACCOUNT OF SON’S DEATH
As D’banj and his wife, Lineo, mourn the painful death of their one-year-old son, Daniel III, the police has asked the music star to report to them as soon as the mourning period is over.
A police delegation had been to the Ikoyi residence of D’banj to pay a condolence visit but met no one according to a statement by Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti.
D’banj was away in the United States when the death of his son occurred, with reports stating he had drowned in the in-house pool at his Ikoyi residence on Sunday, just a month after celebrating his first birthday.
MOROCCO AND IRAN COME SO CLOSE YET SO VAR TO KNOCKING OUT SPAIN AND PORTUGAL
Spain and Portugal booked their spots in the second round of the FIFA World Cup in Russia but were made to endure nail-biting moments as both came perilously close to being knocked out altogether.
Needing only to avoid defeat, Spain fell behind in the game against Morocco after a mix up between Sergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta allowed Khalid Boutaïb to race clear and score in the 14th minute.
Isco however equalised at the end of a sleek passing move from Spain five minutes later while Portugal took the lead on the stroke of half time through Ricardo Quaresma’s audacious strike in the game against Iran to occupy top spot in the group at the time.
But high drama ensued in the closing stages of both games, with Yusuf El-Nesyri heading Morocco ahead after 81 minutes and leave Spain desperate for an equaliser or for Portugal to hold on to their lead.
Before then, VAR had given Portugal a penalty, but Cristiano Ronaldo saw his spot kick saved as Portugal toiled against a resolute Iran that had a chance to qualify with a win.
Iran then got a penalty via VAR in stoppage time and scored through Karim Ansarifard, to prompt an Iranian siege on the Portuguese goal in the closing seconds.
But Iago Aspas also scored a stoppage time equaliser for Spain with VAR ruling him onside, much to the anger of the Morocco players.
Iran then saw a late effort that would have knocked Portugal out hit the side-netting instead, as Spain and Portugal held on to get the needed point and qualify.
Spain will next face host nation, Russia, while Portugal have a tough date with Uruguay in the second round of the World Cup.
Uruguay finished top of Group A after easing to a 3-0 win over Russia, with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani among the scorers.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Salah scored for Egypt against Saudi Arabia and also saw his record-setting goalkeeper, Essam El-Hadari, save a 41st minute penalty.
El-Hadari, who became the oldest player to make a World Cup appearance, was however unable to save a second penalty conceded in the 45th minute.
Saudi Arabia would go on to snatch victory with a 96th minute strike from Salem El-Dawsari as Egypt bowed out of Russia without a point.