Agatu Massacre: 7000 Displaced Persons Living Under Trees

Agatu Massacre: 7000 Displaced Persons Living Under Trees
March 01 18:01 2016 Print This Article

No fewer than 7000 persons have been displaced in the renewed attacks on farmers by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Agatu local government area of Benue state with many of them taking refuge under trees.

The coordinator of Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the Catholic Diocese of Otukpo, Rev. Fr. John Attah stated this in a telephone interview.

Gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen had razed communities in Agatu, Logo, Guma and Kwande LGAs, just as several persons were killed, farm produce and other property destroyed.

Attah said yesterday that the refugees have no shelter and that they have all fled their homes and relocated to Otukpo where many of them are taking refuge on the streets.

Attah further appealed to government at all levels to visit the affected areas and donate food and other items to alleviate the suffering of the people.

Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom has visited Vice President Yemi Osibanjo in Abuja and appealed to the federal government to quickly intervene to stem the attacks.

Ortom said his recent meeting with the vice president had already yielded positive results as the Presidency had deployed a delegation to ascertain the level of crises in Agatu  between herdsmen and farmers with a view to ending the clashes and restoring sanity to the area.

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