The Miyeitt Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Benue State has called on the Federal Government to fish out perpetrators to face the law while dissociating the group from the recent killings in the region.
The organisation also stated that it looked forward to the incoming government in the state to change the narrative in the state.
The Secretary of MACBAN in Benue State, Ibrahim Galma, made the call on Sunday while reacting to the recent killings in the state as he condemned the attacks.
Suspected armed herders had, between last Monday and Friday, attacked Igbobi, Umogidi and Mgban in Apa communities in the Otukpo and Guma LGAs, killing no fewer than 86 people.
Galma lamented that despite all the efforts of the union in collaboration with the farmers association in the state, criminal elements were still causing attacks in the state.
“We condemn the attack in totality. We MACBAN are working hard, we are working together with the All Farmers Association of Nigeria in the state as well as security agencies to make sure that peace and harmony are restored in the state.
“But bad people are still causing problems, killing here and there.
“In fact, we see the governor-elect, Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia, as a good person and we hope he will change the situation and narrative in the state for the better.
“The relationship between the herders and farmers will be restored so that harmony and coexistence of the two groups will be established.
“We have full support, respect and hope for the incoming administration, though bad elements are still causing problems in the state.
“We are not in support of the killings. We are for peace and we hope to give the new administration maximum support so that peace will return to the state.”
Meanwhile, the survivors of the attacks in Guma LGA have fled LGEA Primary School Ngbam, where they were camping after being displaced by the attackers.
The Chairman of Guma LGA, Mike Uba, who spoke to journalists on Sunday, said there was relative calm in the area because of the presence of combined security personnel deployed to the area.
“But all the IDPs have left the camp for fear of being attacked again.
“I went there this morning and saw the camp empty; and when I enquired, I was told that they had relocated,” he said.
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