Death toll in the renewed Fulani herders/Agatu farmers hostility has increased to 12 even as there are fears about the condition of several persons who are said to be missing.
It would be recalled that Akwu, Adagbo and Ayila communities in Agatu local government area of Benue state were last Tuesday afternoon attacked resulting in the death of three persons.
However, the member of the state House of Assembly representing Agatu state constituency, Hon Sule Audu who spoke to Nigerian Pilot on phone yesterday said the death toll has since increased while the bodies of others suspected to have been killed were yet to be recovered.
“As am speaking to you now, a large number of the attackers are still crossing over to Agatu. A source in Nasarawa state just told me that they are being transported through motorcycles to Loco from where they cross over to Agatu,” Sule explained.
He said he has reported the matter to the police and have been assured that policemen have been sent to the area to quell the crisis.
Hon Audu also disclosed that a delegation of Agatu elders met with the state governor, Samuel Ortom to find a lasting solution to the incessant crisis.
He expressed worry over the presence of two helicopters which were sighted in Agatu yesterday. The choppers which were alleged to had taken off from Nasarawa state, the law maker said have become a serious concern to the people of Agatu.
A former councilor in Agatu local government who confided on this reporter on phone yesterday said there was serious fighting in Ayila, a situation he said would swell the death toll.
Several efforts to confirm the development from the state police spokesman, ASP Moses Yamu failed as he failed to pick his calls or respond to text messages sent to his phone.
It was gathered that several houses and farmlands have been destroyed by the invading herdsmen.

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