AN APPEAL has been made for the total rehabilitation of residents of Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State who were serially attacked by Fulani herdsmen. The plea was made by the acting Chairman of the local government, Mr Okpale Omenka, who stressed the need to make life meaningful for victims of the attack who are traumatised, saying the invasion of Agatu was worse than what took place in the North-East. Omenka called on the state and federal governments to embark on the rehabilitation exercise through construction of houses, provision of building materials and other essentials of life. He particularly called on the Victims Support Fund, VSF, under the chairmanship of retired General Theophilus Danjuma to urgently come to the aid of the victims, especially as the rains have set in. The chairman, who described Agatu as an agrarian community, called for the supply of seedlings and other farm implements to enable the people go back to their farms. According to him, agriculture is the mainstay of the area and by extension Benue State. He sued for cooperation and support of the staff and people of the local government in a bid to rehabilitate the victims. Omenka noted the uncommon love that the Opiatoha K’ Idoma has demonstrated to the people of Agatu, saying the organisation has always identified with the people and urged other organisations to emulate it. In his remarks, the Secretary- General of Opiatoha K’ Idoma, Adoka Adaji, called on Idoma people to be their brother’s keeper in time of need and crisis. Adaji, who maintained that Opiatoha K’ Idoma would continue to do its best to ensure that the victims receive adequate attention, warned against internal conflict amongst them.


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