Thursday, 5 February 2015

FG will wade into Fulani/Agatu crisis ­ —David Mark

HOPE rises for the warring Fulani herdsmen and Agatu farmers in Benue State as Federal Government is to evolve ways of proffering lasting solution to the trouble spot.

The President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, dropped the hint on Wednesday at Agatu and Apa local government areas during the ongoing campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The two council areas have become a battle field between the Fulani herdsmen and the natives in recent times with 17 persons killed in Agatu area penultimate week.

Mark, who expressed regret about the incessant crises in the area, said that the Federal Government was committed to the protection of lives and property in the country

“Federal Government is not resting on its oars in its responsibility to protect lives and property of Nigerians and as such, government will beef up security in these areas to forestall break down of law and order.”

The Senate President, however, urged both the Fulanis and Agatu people to shield their swords and leave together as one family.

He also called on both Benue and Nasarawa states to rise up to the challenge to ensure that the border areas were adequately protected against intruders who may disguise as Fulanis.

Speaking on the federal road expected to link Otukpo to Abuja, the Senate President assured the people of the Federal Government’s commitment to the completion of the road, saying that the bridge across River Benue had reached 60 per cent completion.

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