Fulani Herdsmen Take Over Agatu, 3,000 Cattle Grazing On Farms – Indigenes Tell IGP | Independent Newspapers Limited
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Fulani Herdsmen Take Over Agatu, 3,000 Cattle Grazing On Farms – Indigenes Tell IGP

Posted: Mar 6, 2016 at 5:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Tor Vande-Acka, Makurdi

The people of Agatu Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State on Tuesday told Solomon Arase, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) that Fulani herdsmen from Nasarawa State have taken over the whole of Agatu.
Akpa Idu, spokesman for Agatu, who made the disclosure at a meeting convened by the IGP at the Police Officers’ Mess, Barracks Roads, Makurdi, said “no village in Agatu is standing at the moment.”
He also revealed that the invaders have crossed over from Nasarawa into Agatu with over 30,000 cattle which were grazing on farmlands even as they were still killing people that dare to enter the area.
Describing the attack by the marauders as nothing short of “acts of terrorism,” he cried out that the herdsmen “were taking advantage of their size, money, and because they had the means to bring in terrorists to cause destruction” in Agatu.
He, however, vowed that if nothing was done the people of the area would continue to resist the invasion with the last drop of their blood.
He narrated how the feud started in 2012 when the herdsmen had alleged that the people of the area had killed one of the Fulani chiefs, but lamented that as efforts were made to reach at a peaceful resolution, the herdsmen attacked seven of the communities.
He explained that since then it has been from one attack to another even as they refused to honour peace meetings convened in order to resolve the lingering crisis.
In his remarks, Ardo Bodari, the representative of the herdsmen, confirmed that the sustained attacked were as a result of the killing of their chief in 2012, an allegation which the Agatu people have consistently denied.
He also alleged that the Agatu were still killing some of their people as well as rustling their cattle.
But Mohammed Useni, Chairman, Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, said that both the Agatu and Fulani had criminals elements in their midst that were fueling the crisis.
After the submissions of both sides and other relevant stakeholders, the IGP as well as the state Commissioner of Police went into a closed door session with leaders of the two groups.
However, as at the time of compiling this report, the meeting was still on, just as Independent was yet to ascertain what transpired behind the doors.