Sunday, 15 March 2015

Fulani invasion: 80 feared killed in Agatu village

At least, 80 persons have been feared killed in a renewed invasion of Suspected armed Fulani herdsmen on Egba village, Agatu local government area of Benue State on Sunday.
Locals who ran away from the community told newsmen that the village came under severe attack by suspected Fulani invaders who stormed the area at about 5:am on Sunday.

While the locals said that 80 corpses have been found, deputy governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), John Ngbede who hails from the area confirmed 60 dead but added that search was still ongoing to recover more corpses.

When contacted, Police commissioner, Hycinth Dagala while confirming the crisis said his men just arrived the scene of the crisis told him they had recovered 30 dead bodies and were still searching to see if there were more at the time of filling this report.

Dagala said he would rely more on the report of his men despite claims by locals that 80 dead bodies had been recovered.

Recall that about nine local government areas of Benue State came under attack of Fulani herdsmen last year with hundreds of persons killed while thousands were displaced.

But just while the farmers were returning back to their villages to commence farming activities last year after a peace pact instituted by Governor Gabriel Suswam two local government areas of Agatu and Logo have again come under sever attack by the herdsmen this year, a development which has posed concern to the Benue people.
 By ROSE EJEMBI


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