Herdsmen & Farmers Clash in Agatu

Hope Abah
13 Feb 2016

Barely one week after renewed clash between suspected Fulani herdsmen and Idoma speaking Agatu natives of Benue State claimed seven farmers lives, heavy fighting erupted again on Thursday leaving at least six more people dead.

Yesterday, police spokesman Moses Yamu told Daily Trust on Sunday that the command was yet to determine causalities but had dispatched a team of operatives to ascertain the true position of things in the area. Locals said they have recovered a total of 13 corpses in the two separate attacks allegedly carried out by the herders in some communities along the River Benue coastline of Agatu Local Government Area.

According to the villagers, the affected villages in the latest attack included Okokolo, Ologba Utukolugwu and Oweto which came under invasion on Thursday evening by herdsmen who engaged the communities in a fierce fight from three different directions. It was learnt that four corpses were recovered from Okokolo and two others from Ologba while many people including children were said to be wounded and hospitalised at neighbouring Ukpokpo town.

Last Sunday’s clash between the two warring factions which led to the killing of seven people in Agatu was said to have erupted at about 10am, just before the close of church service, in Ega-Adapati village.

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