A video of hundreds of Fulani herdsmen with Ak47 automatic rifle, crossing River Benue into Agatu and other surrounding villages to massacre innocent citizens have emerged on the internet.
Recall Nigerians woke up to the news of grueling destruction of Agatu village with thousands of people wipeout and properties worth millions of naira burnt to the ground by the rampaging Fulani herdsmen.
One of the suspects arrested by the police recorded a scene of himself killing an innocent citizen in Agatu. In the video seen by interrogators, the suspect was shouting, ‘I have killed you now. You think that you can kill Fulani herdsmen and go free’.
He also told the authorities that 100 Fulani were selected from different states, Taraba , Kogi, Benue, Nasarrawa, Kastina, Niger and Kaduna for the operation.
See video of the Fulani operatives crossing the river Benue into Agatu below:
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, says the Army will adjust deployment of troops as part of measures to end the killings in Agatu communities in Benue.
Buratai, who said this during his visit to a military tactical operational base, near Otukpo in Benue, expressed confidence that the mayhem would be contained.
According to him, all logistics and other requirements have been provided for the operation.
“The crisis here is unfortunate, the farmers and herdsmen fighting must not be condoned. I have heard from the commander about the existence of criminal elements who engage in cattle rustling.
“We have observed the deployment of troops on ground, we are adjusting our troops deployment to take care of the flashpoints and likely areas where the criminals are hiding,’’ he said.
Buratai said measures had been adopted to ensure that the clashes did not repeat and the people return to their settlements.
He, however, noted that the troops were cooperating with other security agencies to restore peace and order in the area.
The Army chief met with operation commanders on measures adopted to contain the crisis in the area.
Clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Agatu and environs had claimed many lives and displaced many families.
Over 500 persons were killed and 10 communities destroyed in the recent crisis in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, the immediate past Senate President, Senator David Mark, said.
Mark, in a statement by his media aide, Paul Mumeh, described the attack as ‘barbaric, wicked and inhuman.’
“I’m shocked beyond words at the extent of destruction in Agatu. It is unbelievable, unimaginable. Nothing whatsoever justifies this brazen act of wickedness meted out to the people of Agatu. My heart bleeds,” he said.
Mark, who was on assessment tour of the communities alongside some members of the national and state assemblies from his constituency, urged security operatives to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.
He said that the attacks could not have occurred by accident. He said he suspected an orchestrated genocide against the people of Agatu.
He told the survivors of the attacks to remain calm and law abiding no matter the level of provocation, just as he assured that the government would intervene to bring succour to them.
Mark advised the people to take advantage of the proposed public hearing by the joint Senate committee on the crisis to bring the matter to public domain and seek redress.