Herdsmen. Photo credit: /CH/NAN

By Oladapo Okeowo

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) on Tuesday expressed shock and sadness over the killing of their members and their cattle in Gembu-Mambila area of Taraba state.

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The clash is believed to have led to the death and destruction of lives and properties since it broke out on Monday.

Th ebody’s position was disclosed by it snational secretary, Baba Othman Ngelzarma.

He said, as at the last count, over 100 herdsmen are believed dead while over 15,000 cattle remain unaccounted for.

“It is equally unfortunate to observe the attitude of Taraba State Government in the face of this genocide.

” MACBAN condemns in strong terms this somewhat premeditated genocide and the silence or inaction on the part of the Taraba State Government.

”We are calling on the relevant national security agencies to step up action in fortifying the area and ensure normalcy is returned.

“It is our firm belief that only a national judiciary commission of inquiry can unveil the true nature, motivation and magnitude of these barbaric acts of carnage and destruction.

“The federal government should as a matter urgency and justice institute one. MACBAN and indeed the affected Fulanis will not accept any window dressing approach by the Taraba State Government in managing the crisis. ”