Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Fresh Fulani Attacks Claim 7 Lives in Agutu

At least seven people have been killed in violence between Fulani herdsmen and Agatu farmers in Benue state.

According to local reports, the Fulani herdsmen moved in a convoy and descended on an area near a river inhabited by the Agutu at around 10am on Sunday.

The bloodshed then began in earnest, lasting well into the evening.

After the fighting had died down, at least seven people were found to have been killed, with dozens more injured.

Several houses and farms in the area were destroyed as well and it may be some time until the shattered farming community recovers.

The local police public relations officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Moses Yamu, said he could not comment on the battle as he was yet to be briefed on the incident.

The local coordinator of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Garus Gololo, has this far failed to respond to the incident.

Tensions between the Fulani herding community and local farms continues to be a serious problem in Nigeria.

Also, soon after entering into office, Benue state governor Samuel Ortom offered an amnesty to herdsmen who had been involved in fighting.


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