10 killed in fresh attack by Fulani herdsmen in BenueBenue, State News Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
About 10 persons were reported dead in a fresh invasion of Fulani herdsmen who invaded a community in Gwer West Local Government area of Benue State.
The traditional ruler of the area, Chief Daniel Abomtse, the Ter Nagi, who disclosed this to journalists in Makurdi on Monday, lamented the frequent attacks on his domain as well as the insensitivity of the state and the Federal Government to nip the attacks in the bud.
Chief Abomtse, who was phisically disturbed while speaking with newsmen, said he had informed the state government, as well as security agencies in a letter dated May 15, 2012, entitled “Grand Plan to Annihilate Gwer West People By Fulani Herdsmen and their Mercenaries” and frowned on the nonchalant attitude shown by the state government and security operatives to stop the attacks.
“Information had it that the Fulani herdsmen intend to invade Gwer West crossing from the Obendo, Ijiwo axis from Akpanaja in Nasarawa State into Tyoughatee and Gbaange/Tongov district of Gwer West LGA at a location between Mbaku communities of Makurdi and invade the whole of the district which stretches 16 kolometres of Makurdi-Naka road and then advance to Naka town, headquarters of Gwer West Local Government. They also plan to attack and burn down my palace and residence with explosives and sophisticated automatic fire arms,” part of letter read.
He explained that the attack took place on Sunday, when the herdsmen invaded Tyoughatee village, in a commando type and attacked the villagers which resulted in the death of 10 persons and several property, including farmlands.
The ruler, who wondered over the sophistication of weapons used by the attackers and skilled military tactics employed by the marauders, also accused traditional rulers in Nasarawa as accomplice.
“Benue government should be weary of their Nasarawa counterpart who is just playing tricks and hypocrisy. Something should be urgently done to protect the people from more attacks by these hired Fulani marauders,” Chief Abomtse pleaded.
Attempts to get the comments of the police failed, as the cell phone of the Public Relations’ Officer was switched off.
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