Benue state : Agatu youths protest Fulani herdsmen attack

Benue state : Agatu youths protest Fulani herdsmen attack

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 3:27 pm


Although President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a probe of the Killings by Fulani herdsmen, youths from Agatu LG, part of Idomaland in central Nigerian state of Benue, further drew attention to their problems, with a street protest in Abuja today.

Scores of people have been killed as herdsmen attack farmers. The owners of the land had fled to Otukpo and other safe areas of the state, as the herdsmen left their towns and villages desolate.

Police Inspector-General, Solomon Arase said today that he would visit the area for an on – the – spot investigation.

Youths from Agatu, Benue state in a protest in Abuja today.  Photo Femi Ipaye

Youths from Agatu, Benue state in a protest in Abuja today. Photo Femi Ipaye

Police keeping the peace during the protest. PHOTO Femi Ipaye

Police keeping the peace during the protest. PHOTO Femi Ipaye

Part of the protest

Part of the protest

Agatu youths street on protests in Abuja on Wednesday morning over the killings going in Benue State (4)

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  • William Norris says:

    Stop yapping like a woman. You don’t need PMB or gunships. Just organize yourselves and protect your lands. You sound like a coward.

    Look at those signs….PMB save Idoma! Really? Nigerians are a funny lot. PMB was desperate to get the Presidency precisely to give the Fulani cover for this sort of thing.

    At this rate half your land will be in Fulani hands before 2019.

  • umolu says:

    Yes; Indeed we need to know who and who are behind the murder that took place in Agatu, a tranquil community in Benue state. What happened there recently was not the first time. Repeatedly fulani herdsmen have disturbed this community of peasant farmers. The presidency call these brazen take over of people’s ancestral land as clashes. There were no clashes. Clashes are usually between two or more people who disagree on issues that go beyond resolve and go on to produce violence. What happened in Agatu was an invasion .All Nigerian communities have indigenous owners; Agatu is not an exception. The Fulani marauders cannot differentiate between territorial boundaries. They are not native to anywhere in the middle belt, period. If their kin in the core north want to give them abode they may well do so;but they cannot bulldoze their way into taking peoples land just like that. I think it is also a high time the government of this Buhari administration allowed gunshops, all over Nigeria so people can protect themselves and their properties especially ESPECIALLY as the governments(states and federal ) have failed woefully in protecting the citizenry. This is the No 1 job of any serious government. There doesn’t seem to be any government in control. Nigeria is only a country on paper . It is a toilet bowl and Mr Buhari is the president of that toilet. I am Agatu and I am proud to be one. Let’s start the discussion.

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