- Say military posted to Agatu not permitted to stop Fulani herdsmen
- Killings continue as more herdsmen move in with their cattle
BY PETER DURU,
“As I speak with you the soldiers and Police are there in Agatu, the number of the herdsmen and their cattle are increasing by the day and they are not being chased away by the security personnel who just sit there and watch while the invaders continue to increase in number in order to take over Agatu for good.”
“It is only the soldiers who can chase the Fulani herdsmen away from our villages, because they have completely taken over Agatu, and from what we heard, government has not directed the soldiers to do that, it then means that the government wants the Fulanis to occupy our land.
This is certainly not the best of times for farmers of Benue state, no thanks to a regime of Fulani herdsmen who in the last few weeks have launched premeditated attacks on various communities of the state.
These attacks have left huge tolls on the affected communities where so many lives have been lost and property worth several billions of Naira lost to the somewhat bloody exploits aimed at forcefully occupying the affected communities for the purpose of grazing cattle.
From Agatu to Gwer West, Logo to Buruku down to Guma and Makurdi, it’s been tale of grief and anguish occasioned by the incursion of suspected Fulani militia who have unleashed havoc on the farming populace of Benue state.
Recently, residents of virtually all the villages in Agatu local government area of the state came under severe attacks from the herders who took over Okokolo, Akwu, Ocholonya, Adagbo, Ugboku, Odugbeho and Aila in a military fashion and chased out the locals from their ancestral homes.