Monday, 15 February 2016

Fulani Herders Kill Six In Benue

Six persons have been allegedly killed by some suspected Fulani herdsmen who attacked some villages in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State on Thursday.

An eyewitness who made a distress call to our correspondent around 12 midnight yesterday said the attackers started attempting to invade the communities since 2pm but met with stiff resistance.

Our source stated further that many persons were injured during the attack adding that villagers had deserted Okoklo, Ologba and other neighbouring villages following the attack.

Member representing Agatu State Constituency, Alhaji Sule Audu who lamented the incessant attacks on his people by suspected Fulani herdsmen called on the state and federal government to quickly wade into the matter with a view to finding a lasting solution to the problem.

When contacted, state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Moses Yamu disclosed that the state Police Command had already sent operatives to the area to ascertain the true situation of things so as not to just act on rumor.

“Yes, we heard something like that and we have sent some operatives to the area to see what is really happening because we don’t just want to be actin on the basis of rumor. I cannot say anything further until they come back.”

Our correspondent observed that incidence of Herders/farmers clashes is becoming rampant in the state, a development that is becoming worrisome even to the state government.

Recall that just early this week, the State Governor, Samuel Ortom at a security meeting held at the Government House directed security agencies to arrest those who are behind herders/ farmers clashes in the state.

From ROSE EJEMBI, Makurdi.

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