Fresh attack on farmers in Oguchi community of Agatu local government area of Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen took a new turn yesterday as 14 persons were said to have been killed by the herdsmen.
Governor Gabriel Suswam, his deputy Chief Steven Lawani, secretary to the state government (SSG) David Salifu and commissioner of police Mr Adams Audu visited the area yesterday to assess the level of damage.
Barely two weeks ago, the Fulani herdsmen had attacked four villages in Agatu including Ejima 1 and 2, Ogumogbo and Ikpele and killed scores and destroyed farmlands and houses.
But the fresh attack yesterday, it was gathered, occurred between 4 and 5am when the residents of the community had not woken from sleep while others were said to be preparing for early morning church service. The Fulani invaders have been constantly attacking the Agatu villages for over a year now.
It was gathered that several people received various degrees of injury from gun shots while a large number of houses and other household items worth millions of naira were destroyed during the attack.
But Governor Suswam while addressing the residents yesterday at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Oshigbudu, in Agatu LGA assured the people of adequate security to enable those who fled their homes from previous attacks return home.
The governor described the incessant attacks as very unfortunate and unwarranted, stating that he was deeply pained by the development, especially as all efforts he had put in place to forestall the crisis has not ended the invasions. He advised the members of the affected communities to be alert to stop further attacks by the herders.