Sunday, 13 March 2016

Benue Attacks: Gunmen Kill 3, Burn Houses In Tarka

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani militia have killed three persons in two communities of Tarka local government area of Benue State. Tarka is the home of Senator George Akume.

LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered yesterday that the dastardly attack which happened on Thursday night occurred when the suspected Fulani herdsmen stormed the communities. This is coming barely a week after the gunmen attacked Agatu communities.

The affected communities were Mbanyagbe and Mbaanyo in Tsedev areas of Tarka. The villages are core agrarian suburbs of the busy Tarka town.

This came just as there was influx of displaced persons from Buruku and Logo LGAs who have flowed in their large numbers to the area to take refuge.

It was further gathered that the armed Fulani militia crossed to Tarka through the River Buruku, a tributary of the River Benue and they destroyed property including houses and farms.

The member representing Tarka state constituency, Mr. Ben Mngutyo (APC) who narrated the incident described the attack as unwarranted and appealed government to come to rescue of the displaced persons.

The police public relations officer (PPRO), ASP Moses Yamu confirmed the incident and said investigation into the matter has commenced. He stated that the police command has quickly deployed personnel to the affected areas to maintain peace.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has approved the deployment of soldiers to Benue to end the lingering farmers/herdsmen crisis in the state.

Gov. Samuel Ortom disclosed this on Friday in Makurdi while administering Oath of Office on the President, Customary Court of Appeal (CCA),

Justice Cosmos Idye and a High Court judge, Justice Augustine Ityonyiman.

He said the invasion of some communities by Fulani herdsmen in the state was becoming worrisome adding that “more Local Government Areas are being attacked on daily basis’’.

“As we speak, the Fulanis have started moving out of Agatu to other parts of the state.

“What we are witnessing today in Benue is more than what happened in the North-East,’’ he said.

He said that Agatu, Logo, Tarka, Buruku, and Kwande were all under attack by the Fulani mercenaries.

Ortom charged the judiciary nationwide to support government anti-corruption crusade through effective and timely dispensation of justice.

In a remark, the CCA President pledged to uphold the Constitution and judicial ethics in the discharge of his duties.

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