Two persons were confirmed killed on Friday in Turu village in Kuru District of the Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State after suspected Fulani herdsmen successfully stole over 70 cows.
Sources said three herders, who were in control of the cows, were taken along with the 70 cows.
But while security operatives were able to rescue the 70 cows and one of the herders, who had been declared missing, the other two aged 10 and 14, were unlucky.
The hoodlums were said to have killed the victims while stealing the cattle.
When contacted, the spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, confirmed the incident.
Tyopev said, “On September 14 at about 1915hrs, Ezekiel Dalyop of Turu village in Kuru District of the Jos South LGA of Plateau State reported at the Kaduna Vom Police Division that three herders entrusted with 70 of his cattle were missing.
“The police swung into action immediately the complaint was reported and were able to rescue one of the herders, named Bitrus Joseph (16 years), unhurt. The police team of detectives also recovered the 70 missing cattle.
“Unfortunately, in the process of rustling the cattle, two of the herders, Meshack Dalyop (14 years) and Pam Danjuma (10 years), were killed and dumped in the bush at Dahool Bob in the Kuru District. Their corpses have been recovered and deposited at the Vom Christian Hospital.”
While commiserating with the families of the victims, he warned cattle farmers against employing teenagers but “more mature herders who can take care of the herds and sense danger far ahead of them.”
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