Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Fulani Herdsmen Leaving Benue - Police Commissioner

Fulani herdsmen are leaving Benue state with their cattle,the Benue Commissioner of Police, Paul Yakadi revealed today in Makurdi.

According to him, the herdsmen ‘ s departure will mark an end to clashes between them and farmers.

He said they were leaving the state on their own volition to end the ongoing crisis with farmers and that this will engender peace.

“The herdsmen have started leaving the state for peace to reign, they are leaving in their numbers, but that does not mean the crisis has ended.

“We believe that in no distant time peace will return in the affected local governments and the people will return to their homes again.

“My men are trying their best to end this crisis. Our people too must learn to live with one another and manage disagreement amicably without violence,’’ he advised.

The commissioner said that the Benue command was expecting two additional units of mobile police from Asaba and Abakaliki to quell the farmers/herdsmen crisis.

He said that the new units would be deployed to the hinterlands to assist the other officers already on ground to fully end the crisis.

The commissioner appealed to both parties to show restraint and learn to live with one another in peace.

The local government areas engulfed by the clashes included Agatu, Buruku, Logo, Kwande and Makurdi, the state capital.

Agatu in recent weeks was attacked by Fulani herdsmen, with dozens of people killed and many houses burnt.

The residents of the area fled and are now dispersed into various areas of the state, As internally displaced Persons.

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