Agatu people of Benue State, under the aegis of Agatu Network Forum, have called on the Federal Government to protect them, saying they have lost 378 persons in two years to attacks by Fulani herdsmen from Nasarawa State.
About 94 people were killed in Egba community on March 15, 2015, by suspected Fulani herdsmen, who also destroyed properties and farmlands.
Chairman, Agatu Network Forum, Chris Enechie, told journalists in Abuja that the attacks by Fulani herdsmen had displaced 15,760 Agatu indigenes while 1,317 homes had been destroyed.
According to Enechie, 1,480 livestock had been lost, with 142 motorcycles and 17 vehicles destroyed during the incessant attacks on various Agatu communities, including Okokolo, Egba, Obagaji, Usha, and Ogwule Kaduna.
The Agatu leader explained that other Agatu communities, such as Oshugbudu, Enugba and Ogwule Ogbaulu, had also suffered devastating attacks from the marauders, whom he said wanted to drive the indigenous people from their ancestral homes.
Enechie demanded the establishment of a military post in Agatuland to protect the people from attacks, adding that the people could no longer cultivate their farmlands for fear of being attacked and killed.

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