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Suspected Armed Fulani Herders Kill 3 in Makurdi

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Three persons were gruesomely murdered this weekend in farmland by suspected armed Fulani herders at Adaka community on the outskirts of Makurdi, the Benue state capital.

Fidel Info reports that This latest attack is coming barely two months after similar separate attacks in Gbeji and Ukohol communities in Ukum and Guma Government Local Government Areas, LGAs, of the state where at least 60 persons including two security personnel were massacred.

It was gathered from a source in the community, who spoke on condition of anonymity, that the armed men had overtime grazed their cattle on people’s rice farms in the community. He said, “For some time now, Fulani herdsmen have been bringing their cattle into the rice farms in the community.”

“The development forced one of the farm owners who lost millions of Naira to the cattle invasion to kill some of the cattle while they were devouring his rice farm. This must have triggered the action of the armed herdsmen who staged a reprisal, killing three persons as if they were animals. They are destroying our farms that are our sources of livelihood and if you complain they kill you. Most of us borrowed huge funds to cultivate the farms and they allow their cows to destroy everything. The people are just on a mission to displace our people and maybe take over our land before the 2023 elections.”

Unfortunately, some politicians in our state are collaborating with these monstrous terrorists to unleash mayhem on our people. We will reject such persons at the polls,” he said.

Confirming the development, the Special Adviser to the Benue state Governor on Security Matters, Lt. Col. Paul Hemba disclosed that the victims were two rice farmers and a land owner who had gone to inspect farmland on Friday but never made it back home.

He said “the community raised the alarm, they alerted me. I got in touch with security personnel patrolling the area. But they said they did not have information on any missing persons.“

”Since it was night already, we waited till Saturday morning, when we sent out patrols including members of the community, and in the course of the patrol, we discovered the corpses of the missing three persons who were brutally killed obviously with a machete. And the community is suspecting that Fulani herdsmen murdered the victims as a reprisal.”

“This is because the herdsmen have been operating in their vicinity. Additionally just last week, the Fulani herdsmen alleged that some of their cows that invaded the people’s rice farms were killed in that community. The Police Commissioner is investigating the incident. The people said they killed the cattle because they invaded their rice farm. And most times these farms are cultivated with huge loans which must be paid back after harvest.”

“The animals that were killed were grazing freely on a large rice farm.

These are some of the terrible things farmers have been noticing, herders will push their cows into people’s yam, cassava, and rice farms and watch them destroy and graze on them after which they walk away. It’s so painful that you will tend to your farm today and when you get there the next day it is all eaten up by cows.”

“So it is suspected that out of frustration and pain somebody who saw this happening to his rice farm did that to the animals.”

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