Saturday, 12 March 2016

Agatu Orphans Protest Against Fulani Herdsmen

Children of the TIVID Orphanage Home and Global care for kids foundation have staged a peaceful protest against what they described as the unlawful occupation and invasion of innocent people of Benue lands as well as killing of Benue people by Fulani herders.

The children consist of those who were orphaned by Fulani herders in Agatu, Gwer-west, Guma, Makurdi and Apa local government areas of Benue as well as a few others from Nasarawa State.

Founder of the Orphanage Home, Mrs. Favour Adah Paul and founder of global care for kids foundation Amb Linda Orokpo Ochagla led the children from the Wurukum Roundabout through the streets of Makurdi to the State House of Assembly and terminated at the Government House where they were received by the state governor, Samuel Ortom.

In a chat with our correspondent, Paul urged the federal and state government to make laws to the effect that Fulanis should begin to ranch their cattle.

They lamented that the continuous occupation of Benue land by Fulani herders was posing serious threat to the Benue Agrarian nature as the farmers can no longer go to farm for fear of being killed by the rampaging Fulani herders.

"The Fulanis should ranch their cows and allow Benue people go back to farm. We want to be sure that our home is safe. Government should step in and make laws to this effect. Pregnant women and children are being butchered like cows by these Fulani herders at the slightest provocation. They should go away and let us have our peace."

Some of the children who spoke with our reporter including Solomon Sunday 9, and Mercy Oyigocho 14 in an emotion laden voice recalled how their parents were killed in their presence by Fulani mercenaries in 2012 and 2014 respectively.

The children called on the state and federal government to ensure that the fulani herdsmen ranch their cattle to forestall the incessant and mindless killings of Benue farmers and unlawful occupation of their land by the Fulanis to graze cattle.

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