Six people have been killed for allegedly stealing cows.

The six dead people were suspected to have stolen cows and took it to a popular market in Taraba state to sell before they were attacked.

Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku said the allegation that the victims had stolen cows was not enough reason to kill the six Nyandam militia.

The governor visited the scene of the killings while returning from Makurdi, Benue State, where he attended a function with the state Governor, Samuel Ortom and Middle Belt leaders calling for restructuring of Nigeria, particularly the security architecture.

Speaking on the attack, the governor said he would meet with the state commissioner of police and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the area “to look into the details of the killings".

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“The victims which said to be Nyandam by tribe have been accused of stealing cows from Adamawa and took the cows to a market in Iware in Taraba to sell. But that's not enough reason to waste their lives.

“It is unfortunate that today, everyone has the audacity to kill at will. “The security architecture of this country must be restructured,” he said.

While condemning the act of the killings, the chairman Miyetti Allah cattle breeders association in Taraba State, Sahabi Mahmud Tukur, said "it is very unfortunate that some people are rustling Fulani cows from Adamawa and took it to Taraba to sell it.  But for the killing of six Nyandam militia, it’s totally unacceptable.

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"I as a leader of the Fulani strongly condemn the killing with strongest term".

Iware cow market is one of the biggest market in Taraba were thousands of men and women attend the market every Tuesday. Fulani and butchers are the majority people who partronise the market every week. 

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