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Tension as Benue villagers kill 3 herdsmen, cattle



Tension as Benue villagers kill 3 herdsmen, cattle

There is tension and fears of reprisal attacks in Agatu area of Benue state over the killing by villagers of three herdsmen and their cattle.

Reports say the herdsmen were killed after they reportedly trespassed into some farmlands even as police have reportedly recovered the corpse of two of the victims with search still ongoing for the third victim.

The killing of the herdsmen was confirmed by the Benue State Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, who informed that efforts are currently underway to restore peace in the area.

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“In Agatu, the villagers killed three Fulani herdsmen on Sunday and also killed their cows. Two corpses have been found and we are still searching for the third corpse,” Makam said.

Continuing, he added that; “This is part of the things that incite violence. Both the villagers and the herdsmen need to be taught that as the farmers value their farmlands, the herdsmen value their cows.

“If these incidents happen, it means the proactive actions by the police have not fully been implemented or something has gone wrong. Also, this is not the first time of such attacks.

“We are only referring to the most recent attacks. We have this bad situation in the past, but the magnitude is lower now because of some of the proactive steps taken by the police.”


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    May 19, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Those villagers deserve to be praised, good, it’s now operation tis for tat, by the time every one emulate this, those herdsmen will know they are nothing

    • yanju omotodun

      May 19, 2017 at 10:23 am

      The herdsmen will fight back as reprisal and if care is not taken, sincerely, it will lead to war. We better stop this feud Now, the Federal government should take it serious.

      • seyi jelili

        May 19, 2017 at 10:39 am

        Let it lead to war and let’s see the outcome of it. I am sure Buhari will react to this when he is back from medical vacation because it were his people they killed.

        • Joy Madu

          May 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

          Don’t think so because Buhari don’t know anybody but himself

  2. Anita Kingsley

    May 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Very good for them, the herdsmen need to be taught some lessons, they cannot be killing farmers , illegally occupy lands that do no the belong to them and go freely

    • Animashaun Ayodeji

      May 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      If the federal government cannot step in to make peace, these people will not stop killing themselves. They are humans who need to live together in peace

      • Agbor Chris

        May 19, 2017 at 1:09 pm

        The herdsm Started it, if they didn’t kill farmers and occupy their lands in Benue, their means she of livelihood won’t decrease, the FG should not tell them to make peace. By the time the village is empty, government will eventually intervene

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