Fulani herdsmen unleash terror in Benue, Nigeria

Fulani herdsmen unleash terror in Benue, Nigeria

- The divisional police officer and local government chairman were attacked

- Vanguard reports that 10 persons were killed in the conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the area

Fulani herdsmen unleash terror in Benue, Nigeria

File photo: A Fulani man wielding a gun

Fulani herdsmen on Saturday, February 6, wreaked havoc in Tom-Anyiin and Tom-Ataan communities, Mbaya, Tombu in Buruku local government area of Benue state.

Vanguard reports that 10 persons were killed in the conflict that ensued between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the area.

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The conflict has reportedly created a serious refugee situation in the area as over 300 people have been displaced from the troubled communities.

This is happening few weeks after the divisional police officer at Buruku, the local government chairman, Godwin Iorsue, the area commander and other stakeholders in the area were ambushed and attacked by herdsmen during an assessment tour of the communities. The tour was embarked on after herdsmen seized the area and chased the residents out.

A source from one of the affected communities said the herdsmen attacked the communities on Saturday night, shooting sporadically and burning down houses, huts, food barn, farmland and economic trees.

“As I speak with you, fighting is still raging in the affected communities. Although I cannot give you a precise figure of the dead, about 10 have been killed, many are missing and many others sustained injures,” the source said.

The local government chairman, Iorsue, in a phone conversation with Vanguard correspondent said he was accompanied by senior security officers on assessment tour when herdsmen ambushed and attacked them.

“It was only God that saved us. They were over 30 and well armed while we had only four armed police officers with us. Our cars were perforated with bullets,” he said.

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When the state’s police command spokesman, Assistant Superintendent Moses Yamu was contacted for confirmation, he said the local government chairman and his entourage were attacked but no live was lost.

“The people ran away from their communities in fear of a possible attack by Fulani herdsmen, but there were neither killing nor destruction of property in the area. “I can confirm that the DPO, the Area Commander, the Caretaker Council Chairman and selected stakeholders were attacked by suspected herdsmen when they visited to assess the situation in the area,” Yamu said.

Recently, no fewer than seven people were killed in violence between Fulani herdsmen and Agatu farmers in Benue state. The federal government in its bid to curb frequent clashes between farmers and herdsmen, Audu Ogbeh, the minister of agriculture and rural development assured that farmers and herdsmen in the country would be contained in two years time.

There has been quite a pocket of mayhem on lives and property related to Fulani herdsmen in recent times which has resulted in the lost of lives of many in Ghana, especially Agogo in the Ashanti Region of Ghana which has made the people decide to take the law into their own hands.

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