An association of the Tarok speaking ethnic group in Plateau State, Ngwang Ishi’Otarok, on Tuesday said it was not responsible for murder of some Fulani men and the rustling of their cattle.
The Secretary General of the association, Nandir Napbut, told journalists in Jos that the allegation that Tarok speaking individuals killed five herdsmen and rustled over a hundred cows in Yelwanshendam last Saturday is a “cheap blackmail”.
“It’s rather unfortunate for Fulani herdsmen to have come up with such allegations. I want to say this is cheap blackmail meant to rubbish our people, the allegations are unfounded, and total lies,” he said. “Tarok people are peaceful, responsible people, discipline and hardworking. A Tarok man is a discipline person anywhere, it a known fact that we don’t harbor criminals.”
Mr. Napbut added that “the allegations of the Fulani herdsmen are false, unfounded and capable of igniting another round of violence, which we do not want. We challenge then to produce the Tarok man they arrested in connection with the cow rustling.”
The group urged security agents to investigate the allegations and bring the perpetrators of the crime to book.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported the attack during the weekend on the Fulani community in Yelwashendam leading to the death of five people and the rustling of cattle.