It has emerged that Zayyanu Gwandu, son of Commissioner of Police in charge of Special Anti-Robbery Squad and Zayyanu Shalla, a principal manager with the Nigeria Communication Commission, NCC, were one of reportedly over a hundred casualties recorded in the bloodletting Plateau crisis that engulfed the state at the weekend.
The pair, who were of Fulani stock were said to be close friends, and had gone to Buachi for a social function and were returning to Abuja in the car of one them on Sunday when they ran into a hoodlums at Barkin Ladi local government Area of Plateau State.
The hoodlums were said to be Berom, the predominant ethnic group in the state protesting the killing of their people by suspected herdsmen.
In a reprisal attack, according to reports, after forcing Gwandu who was an aide of Senator Adamu Alero, and Shalla to pull over, and recognizing them to be Fulani men, the hoodlums descended heavily with dangerous weapons killed them and burnt their bodies.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Miyyeti Allah in North Central Zone, Danladi Ciroma, has traced the genesis of the Plateau killings to rustling of 300 cattle by armed Berom youths.
Ciroma said in a statement: “These attacks are retaliatory. As much as I don’t support the killing of human beings, the truth must be told that those who carried out the attacks must be on a revenge mission.
“There have been recent reports of cow rustling and destruction of farms between Berom farmers and Fulani herdsmen. The people carrying out these criminal activities are well known to the communities but the communities are hiding them.
“Fulani herdsmen have lost about 300 cows in the last few weeks – 94 cows were rustled by armed Berom youths in Fan village, another 36 cows were killed by Berom youths. In addition to that, 174 cattle were rustled and the criminals disappeared with them to Mangu.
“Since these cows were not found, no one should expect peace in the areas. Even soldiers that went after the criminals to recover the rustled cows were shot by the armed rustlers and eventually escaped with all the cows.”