Abuja Herdsmen Threaten Avenge Members’ Murder
by Daily Times
Fulani cattle rearers, popularlly known as Miyety Allah Association, have accused Gbagiyi indigenes living in Pyakassa, Abuja, of master-minding the attack and killing of seven of their kinsmen, and vowed vengeance, if nothing was done by the government to mediate in the matter and end such attacks.
Security breakdown, was recorded late last week in Pyakasa a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, following a communal clash that left seven Fulani herdsmen dead.
A member of the leadership council of the Fulani people in Piyakasa, Alhaji Michika Boroni, told the Daily Times, on Friday, in Abuja, shortly after meeting with the Permanent Secretary Engineer Obinna Chukwu, on the attack, that his people were for ready to heed Chukwu’s call for peace.
An agitated Boroni said that there was a bit of a mix-up in the account of the tragedy, when it was reported that the seven were killed by armed robbers.
An account of the tragedy by the FCTA was that they were robbers attacked a Fulani settlement in Ketti-Pyakassa, a suburb of Abuja, on Tuesday night, killing seven persons and injuring five others.
At the meeting Chukwu said appealed to the Fulani herdsmen that was a need for peace; that the way forward was not to press retaliation, but he gave an assurance that those who killed the seven Fulani people would be apprehended and brought to book.
He said, besides, that the police and other security agencies in the Federal Capital Territory were on top of the situation.
In another development, the FCTA has said in a press statement, that Chukwu had directed the Area Council Services Secretariat to organise stakeholders meeting with the herdsmen dwelling in and around the Federal Capital City, Abuja scheduled for next week.
Major issue to be discussed at the meeting is how to put a stop to the knotty case of grazing of cattle within the city centre.
Chukwu remarked that this would be an enlarged meeting between the FCT Administration and the Fulani herdsmen as well as their leaders in the Federal Capital Territory.
He insisted that grazing of cattle in the city centre and on the airport expressway must be stopped because there were designated grazing areas in Paikon-Kore, in the Gwagwalada Area Council of the territory, which according to him, was underutilised.