Agatu people of Benue State yesterday told the Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase that they have no place to return to as Fulani herdsmen have taken over their homes.
Speaking during the visit of the IGP to Makurdi yesterday, spokesman of Agatu people, Akpa Iduh, who said the Fulani invader killed hundreds of persons and destroyed their properties saying: “No village in Agatu is standing at the moment.”
Iduh revealed that the invaders crossed over from Nasarawa into Agatu with over 30, 000 cattle which are presently grazing on farmlands and still killing people.
He described the attack by the marauders as nothing short of terrorism, saying the herdsmen “were taking advantage of their size, money, and their capacity to bring in terrorists to cause destruction in Agatu.”
Iduh, however, vowed that the people of the area would continue to resist the invasion with the last drop of their blood if nothing was done about it since they don’t have another ancestral home than Agatu.
He narrated how the feud started in 2012 when the herdsmen alleged that the people of the area had killed one of the Fulani chiefs, but lamented that the herdsmen still went ahead to attack seven communities after efforts were made to reach a peaceful resolution.
Iduh further explained that since then it has been from one attack to another even as the Fulani herdsmen refused to honour peace meetings convened in order to resolve the lingering crisis.
The representative of the herdsmen, Ardo Bodari, while making his remarks confirmed that the sustained attacks were as a result of the killing of its chief in 2012, an allegation which the Agatu people have consistently denied.
Bodari also alleged that the Agatu people were still killing some of its people as well as rustling their cattle.
However, Chairman, Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Mohammed Useni noted that both Agatu and Fulani people had criminal elements who fuel the crisis.
After the submissions of both sides and other relevant stakeholders, the IGP as well as the state Commissioner of Police went into a closed door session with leaders of the two groups.
As at the time of filing this report, the meeting was still on.