Fulani Gunmen Killed 47 Mourners In Agatu, Benue State During Burial

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May 13, 2013 – Fulani Herdsmen Killed 47 Mourners Of Police Officers In Agatu, Benue State During Burial

The recurrent bloody conflict between Fulani herdsmen and Benue farmers took a dangerous dimension at the weekend, when no fewer than 47 mourners were gunned down by suspected herdsmen in Agatu local government area of the state, while carrying out the burial rites of two police officers killed last Tuesday  in Nasarawa state.

This is just as no fewer than five Police men were reportedly shot at the weekend by irate youths who were protesting the citing of a private university by the Senate President, David Mark, at Asa 111 in Otukpo local government area of the state.

Vanguard gathered from a reliable source in Agatu that the herdsmen stormed Okpachanyi village on Sunday Morning at the middle of the burial rites and shot sporadically at the mourners, killing their victims at the spot while many escaped with bullet wounds.

“The burial rites of the two slain Police men were going on at Okpachanyi village when the armed herdsmen stormed the scene and opened fire on the mourners, killing and maiming the people while many escaped with bullet wounds,” he said.

At the time of filing this report, the state government had dispatched the Deputy Governor, Chief Steven Lawani and top government functionaries from the area to Agatu for an on the spot assessment of the situation.

Meanwhile Vanguard gathered from an eyewitness in Otukpo that armed  irate youths had last week barricaded the Otukpo/Oju federal highway in protest of the decision of their leaders to allot parcels of land to the Senate President for the erection of a new institution.

According to the source,”While Akpegede and Otobi communities gave the Senate President the go ahead to use their land, the youths in Asa 111, which is a renown hotbed for opposition politics in Benue South senatorial district, are resisting the establishment of a university in their community.

“They barricaded the road for several days which prompted the decision of the Police to intervene at the weekend with the use of teargas canisters to disperse the resilient youths  in order to allow motorists and pedestrians the use of the road.

“But unfortunately, the action of the Police was resisted by the youths who fired shots at them , injuring five of the Police men in the process,” he said.

Reacting to the development after a consultative meeting convened by the Och’Otukpo Odu, Chief John Eimonye and attended by district heads, elders, stakeholders as well as opinion leaders of Otukpo, the community frowned at the action of the youths which was considered to be militant and anti developmental and requested that the perpetrators of the dastardly act be brought to book.

In his reaction, spokesman of the community and  78 year-old retired Army Captain, Reuben  Anyebe described the action of the youths as ‘barbaric and unfortunate’, wondering why anybody would protest the initiative of the senate president which he said has several developmental opportunities.

The chairman of Otukpo local government council, Dr Innocent Onuh who lamented the ugly development and attack on the police however commended the security operatives for their restraint even in the face of the attack.

However, Vanguard gathered from some of the irate youths of Asa 111  that they embarked on the protest to demand better compensation for their farmland which would be used for the proposed institution.

In his reaction the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO in the state, Deputy Superintendent of Police  Daniel Ezeala said his office was yet to get the full details of the crisis.

[Source: Vanguard]

22 thoughts on “Fulani Gunmen Killed 47 Mourners In Agatu, Benue State During Burial

  1. What is happening in this country? Is this the Nigeria i use to know? Why is the government both at the central and the state level so weak?

  2. It’s a pity that Nigeria was formed with people who were garthered from nooks and crannies, who think the opposite ways. How can it be one Nigeria when hausa/fulani are busy extinguishing other tribes? Meanwhile, the leaders have refused to call for national dialogue to restructure Nigeria. God have mercy! May the souls of the departed souls rest in peace. Amen.

  3. What diz is getting out of hand. Dis pople really are looking for trouble and the will get it double o. By the way what are the government doing abt diz recent massacar killings. God Save Naija…..

  4. Bcos we cant find in d headline anytin abt d irate youths dat are protesting against d university citing bt rather d fulani issue which many people want to hear and blame dem…pls be fair and just in ur job

  5. Na waa for dis our naija, rest in peace my dear country men is only God dat knows d better way to follow,datz why i love my state Anambra na only kidnap for ransom dey here oooooooooooh God help us.

  6. May almighty ahla console the family of death people. To Nigeria,I mean d government need to satisfy every tribe in dis country. I tink can reduce dat

  7. Is time for people of meddelbelt should know they are not northern as they call theirself,shine ur eyes and know ur enemy is around u land take over Boko Harms and Fulaniherdmens both nigeria,niger and chad mix up and kill really nigeria every place.come to s.west even in s.east not out of their hands not to say meddelbelt is everyday killing and walk away free with it.

  8. Benue pple ar very dull nd their youths ar busy blocking road while fulanis ar busy killing their pple.wat a lazy tribe ar they?why not do to dem wat nasarawa pple did to them to teach them a lesson of their lives,

  9. I dnt see anythng wrong in citing a university in that community,bt the govt shld do the right thing first by adequately compensating the owners of the plots of land

  10. Every body know very well that Benue people aim their living by farming, so the issue of allowing Fulani people should stay from Benue with their cattle’s i don’t think is possible this time. because i witness Area like Taraba State, Jos, Benue it self. each time you hear issue of Fulani killing people.

    Perhaps if you not hear of killing, you will hear of Fulani have beating down their cows and eat off my farm yard. so, this days Benue people should sit up for this kind of irresponsible act of Fulani people killing and destroying property in Benue State for once.

  11. i think the benue indegens are to blame here. I dont think any fulani can come to my vilage in ondo and kill the inhabitants without severe repercussions on them. Benue people, stnd up and fight the fulani if ur govt fails to help you.

  12. One Nigeria !!! Congratulation to Benue-Plateau people who fought Biafra and the Housa Fulani people took “power”.

  13. wetin de happen?, BEnue stand up n fight no time to delay me n them na fire,bookless fulani na 2 kill them know.

  14. it is sign of d end time brethen we should continue in prayers and d Lord Jesus Christ will help

  15. my heart bleeds for my father,s land!!!!!!!!! what a heartless and ungrateful people we have in the Fulani,s kingdom!!! to think that we have been generous enough to habor and tolerate these people only to turn around and cause us soooooo much pain!!!! OCHO ADA NYAHAI GA LONU NE NU JALO NOOO!!!!

  16. HOW COULD ONE BE SO INSECURED IN HIS OWN LAND AND STRANGERS NOW POSE AS SECURITY TREATS? THIS IS INDEED D SPIRIT OF THE LAST DAYS @ WORK AND IT GOES ON TO TELL US THAT THE WORLD AS A WHOLE IS INSECURED WITHOUT JESUS SO AIGADAM TIGAGATU OLE GADAM Y DONT U EMBRACE JESUS WHO ALONE IS OUR SURE SECURITY AND FIRM FOUNDATION! OGBAULU GADAM , AKUTA GADAM ALO MYOIGOCHO MENE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOLS TO AGATU LAND

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