by ‘Jola Sotubo
Renewed clashes between Fulani herdsmen and native farmers in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, have left not less than 33 people dead.
According to reports, the fighting began on Saturday and continued into Sunday. Many lives were lost, with victims reportedly being burnt beyond recognition.
It also led to the destruction of property ranging from the burning down of over 30 houses and huts and the destruction of several farmlands and fish ponds owned by the natives.
According to reports, “the Fulani herdsmen had invaded Ojantele, Okpagabi and Ibadan in Agatu council on Saturday, killing close to 10 people.
“From there, they ambushed about three people from Agatu, who were going to a neighbouring villages in Apa Local Government Area of the state and slaughtered them in cold blood.”
The unwarranted killing and destruction of houses, huts and farms prompted a reprisal attack on Sunday at the Fulani settlement in a boarder village between Apa and Agatu, where a free for all ensued leading to the death of many more people.
“The development has led to villagers living at the border of both Apa and Agatu councils fleeing their abode and taking refuge in neighouring towns and villages for fear of being killed by the mercenaries, who have taken over the fighting.”
When contacted, Secretary, Miyette Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Benue State chapter, Garus Gololo told Journalists that last night, no fewer than 20 Fulanis were killed in the fighting.