By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
No fewer than 28 cows were killed and seven others missing as rampaging hoodlums in Ankpa local government area of Kogi State attacked a Fulani herdsman in his House.
The victim, Mallam Lawal Ahamadu told journalists in Lokoja on Wednesday, that the attackers mostly youths came with dangerous weapons to eliminate his entire family and cows which were sources of his income.
The herdsman explained that the armed hoodlums invaded his house located at Ogodo area of Ankpa on July 30 and Aug. 16 to carry out the dastardly act.
Ahmadu said that the youths armed with guns, knives, and other dangerous weapons had earlier attacked his house on July 30 and made away with nine cows.
He explained that the hoodlums again invaded his house on Aug. 16 during which they carted away 16 cows and inflicted gun injuries on seven others.
The Fulani herdsman pointed out that the attackers came in three tricycles on the two occasions, nothing that hoodlum also butchered the cows in his presence while the tricycles were used to take away the meat.
He also lamented that two of the seven cows shot by the attackers subsequently died few days later, bringing the total number of cows killed to 27.
Ahmadu added he has been rendered hopeless as the hoodlums left only five young cows for him, adding that he did not know where to start and how to feed his three wives and children.
He stated that he had reported the incidents to the police, the community head, Kogi State Vigilante Service, the local government administrator and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.
The herdsman stated that he had been living and practicing his trade in Ankpa town for years, pointed that he had been made to pay compensation to farmers for the destruction of farms by his cows several times.
Ahmadu said that the hoodlums again attacked his house on Aug. 16 during which they stole 16 cows and inflicted gun injuries on seven others.
He said that the attackers came in three tricycles on the two occasions, saying that the cows were slaughtered in his presence while the tricycles were used to cart the meat away.
According to him, two of the seven cows shot by the invaders on Aug. 16 died few days later, bringing the total number of cows killed to 27.
Ahmadu said that the attackers left only five young cows for him, saying that the incidents were reported to the police, the community head, Kogi State Vigilante Service, the local government administrator and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria
He lamented that his means of livelihood had been abruptly taken away from him by the hoodlums, appealing to the state government, relevant government agencies and individuals to come to his aid.
The Secretary of the State chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria MACBAN, Mr. Abubakar Adamu, when contacted told Journalists that the matter had been taken up with the state government and the police command.
The state Police Public Relation Officer, DSP William Aya while who confirmed the incidents said that three suspects had been arrested in connection with the attacks.
Aya said that the state Commissioner of police, Mr. Ayuba Ede had ordered additional deployment of policemen to protect the area and forestall another attack on the herdsman by armed youths.