Herdsmen Attack: Samuel Ortom Urges Residents To Support Security Officials

Governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom appealed to residents of the state in Naka, Gwer West Local Government Arear (LGA) to support the security personnel to enable them put an end to the incessant attacks on people by herdsmen in the country.

He insisted that the attacks were becoming more daring as security personnel have lost their lives in the attack by Fulani Herdsmen.

“Just Monday a soldier was killed at Tyulen, in Guma LGA of the state.

“People are being killed and even security men sent here to maintain law are not spared. Since these attacks began January this year, 11 policemen, three Civil Defence officers had been killed.

“We must not allow this barbaric act to continue to prevail on our people. This is not right.

“This is not right. We must respect rule of law. When people violate the law and there is no sanction, it results to impunity and cannot allow impunity to continue in this state,’’ he said.

He lamented that the attacks were gradually turning to impunity and if impunity was allowed to continue unabated it would deteriorate to anarchy.

The Chairman, Gwer West Local Government Council of Chiefs, Chief Daniel Abomtse said that 24 persons were killed on Thursday attack on Mbapa, Mbapupuu, Mbachohon, and Enger, all in Agagbe District in Gwer-West LGA.

According to Abomtse, one person was abducted on Monday by the herdsmen along Makurdi – Naka road, and taken to an unknown destination.

He said the herdsmen were camping at Nyiti near Makurdi where they usually come with their cattle to block the Makurdi – Naka road in wait of their victims who ply the road.

The Council Chairman, Gwer West LGA, Mr Francis Ayaga appreciated the governor for his deep concern for the people of the area by visiting them without much ado.

Ayaga also commended him for signing the Anti-Open Grazing Law 2017, stressing that it was the only panacea to the incessant attacks between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the state.

 

Man Recounts Ordeal with Herdsmen

Mathias Odey, a 54-year-old who also doubles as a father of seven, recounted his ordeal with a herdsman who cut off his left hand during a clash on November 5, 2017. According to him, he had remained without help from anywhere.

Odey was injured during a clash between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Ugaga community of Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State.

Southern City News learnt on Friday that the farmer was attacked by a herdsman in his farm when he was harvesting farm produce with his children.

He recalled the incident, “My children and I were plucking pepper from one of my farms. We usually do this together. After I finished with the pepper, I went to another section to harvest yam.

“I had barely harvested four tubers of yam when we saw some Fulani herdsmen entering our farm. Three of the herdsmen were with their cows, scattering the ridges. My son attempted to chase them, but one of the herdsmen brought out a cutlass and went after him.

“He hit my son twice but didn’t injure him. I went after him and suddenly, he turned towards me and tried to cut off my neck with the cutlass. I used my hand to defend myself and that was when it was chopped off.”

He said that he fell on the ground and called his children to help him, adding that in the process, he became unconscious and woke up in the hospital.

Odey said he had been depending on goodwill from friends to address his medical condition.

He said that he had spent the last four months visiting hospitals in Calabar and Ogoja for medical attention.

“When this incident happened, there were promises that the government would take care of my hospital bills and see to it that I get treated, but nothing of such has happened.

“I have been depending on the goodwill of family members. I have spent the last four months in and out of hospitals both in Calabar and Ogoja Local Government Area,” he lamented.

The father of seven wondered what would become of him as his hand, his primary tool for farming, has been cut off.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, had shortly after the incident confirmed the death of one with several others injured as a result of the clash.

Gunmen Kill Six In Kaduna

About six people have lost their lives while four have been left injured in separate attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Baking Kofi, Kaninkon Chiefdom in the Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Thursday, March, 29.

According to reports, the armed men were dressed in army camouflage and mobile police uniforms.

ASP. Aliyu Mukhtar, Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed that the attacks led to a loss of six lives – four males, and two females, while four persons were severely injured.

He said, “There was an attack at a mining site in the Bakin Kogi area in the early hours of today where six persons were killed by some gunmen; four males and two females. A combined team of the police and the military are currently on a manhunt for the perpetrators.”

He promised that the police force will not leave any stone unturned until the perpetrators are apprehended and brought to book.

A member of the local security committee said the two separate attacks occurred between 10 am and 11 am by suspected Fulani herdsmen, who were wearing army and mobile police uniforms.

He said, “The first attack occurred at about 10 am when some members of our community went to the bush to cut wood for roofing their houses. All of a sudden, the herdsmen opened fire on them and three people were killed while others managed to escape.

“The second attack happened at about 11 am at a local mining site. Three people were also killed there, while four others were injured. We reported the case to the soldiers maintaining security in our community and we went to the bush with them, but the bandits had fled.”

 

Gunmen Kill 15 Herdsmen In Zamfara

Gunmen believed to be cattle thieves killed 15 herders in the latest bout of violence in northern Nigeria’s herding communities, police and a local official said Thursday.

“Armed bandits attacked Bawon-Daji village yesterday and killed 15 people,” the police spokesman for Zamfara state, Muhammad Shehu, told AFP.

His account was corroborated by a senior local government official, Gado Anka.

Anka told AFP motorcycle-riding gunmen stormed the remote village in Anka district around 1:00 pm (1200GMT), shooting dead 12 residents before fleeing to a hideout in the bush.

“They returned two hours later and attacked mourners during the funeral of the victims in the cemetery, killing three more and injuring several others,” he said.

Rural communuties in the agrarian state are under siege from gangs who kill, loot and torching homes.

This has prompted villages to form vigilante groups — which in turn are often accused of extra-judicial killings of suspected cattle thieves, prompting deadly reprisals by the gangs.

It was not clear if the latest killings were as a result of reprisals.

In February, dozens of people were killed when gunmen opened fire on traders and villagers at Birane, in the Zurmi area of the state.

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Ganduje Invites Fulani Herdsmen To Kano State

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has again called on all Fulani herdsmen resident in other parts of the country to move to his state.

He stated that Kano has vast grazing land to accommodate them and their cattle.

Ganduje further lamented that Fulani herdsmen of Kano origin move to other states in search of greener pasture.

He spoke while inspecting the vaccination of over one million cattle and other animals at Kadawa artificial insemination centre in Garum Malam Local Government Area.

He said: “They don’t have any reason to move out of the state. We take care of them and we accord them the respect and dignity they deserve.

“I am inviting herdsmen from all parts of Nigeria to relocate to Kano because we have enough facilities to accommodate them.

“We have grazing lands in Rogo, Gaya, Kura, Tudun Wada, Ungogo and other reserved places where facilities are in place to accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle.”

The governor also revealed that already, his administration was in collaboration with the Federal Government and foreign agencies to convert the Falgore Games Reserve into a modern grazing land.

“Falgore Game Reserve can take care of millions of herdsmen and their cattle in Nigeria.

“The place has been designed to contain schools, human and animal clinics, markets, recreational centres and other social amenities that can give the herdsmen enough comfort to take care of their animals and do their business without hindrance.

“These killings must stop. We cannot afford to continue to witness these senseless killings in the name of Fulani herdsmen and farmers clash over lack of grazing land while we have a place like the Falgore Game Reserve under utilized.

“There is no longer fear of cattle rustling in Kano. Cattle rustling are now history because we fought the menace headlong.

“In Falgore right now, we have enough security there. Those rustlers have relocated elsewhere, while some of them who repented from their evil ways were given amnesty and rehabilitated.”

He stated that Kano has vast grazing land to accommodate them and their cattle.

Ganduje further lamented that Fulani herdsmen of Kano origin move to other states in search of greener pasture.

He spoke yesterday while inspecting the vaccination of over one million cattle and other animals at Kadawa artificial insemination centre in Garum Malam Local Government Area.

He said: “They don’t have any reason to move out of the state. We take care of them and we accord them the respect and dignity they deserve.

“I am inviting herdsmen from all parts of Nigeria to relocate to Kano because we have enough facilities to accommodate them.

“We have grazing lands in Rogo, Gaya, Kura, Tudun Wada, Ungogo and other reserved places where facilities are in place to accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle.”

The governor also revealed that already, his administration was in collaboration with the Federal Government and foreign agencies to convert the Falgore Games Reserve into a modern grazing land.

“Falgore Game Reserve can take care of millions of herdsmen and their cattle in Nigeria.

“The place has been designed to contain schools, human and animal clinics, markets, recreational centres and other social amenities that can give the herdsmen enough comfort to take care of their animals and do their business without hindrance.

“These killings must stop. We cannot afford to continue to witness these senseless killings in the name of Fulani herdsmen and farmers clash over lack of grazing land while we have a place like the Falgore Game Reserve under utilized.

“There is no longer fear of cattle rustling in Kano. Cattle rustling are now history because we fought the menace headlong.

“In Falgore right now, we have enough security there. Those rustlers have relocated elsewhere, while some of them who repented from their evil ways were given amnesty and rehabilitated.”

Buhari Should Go Against Killer Herdsmen – Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Thursday spoke on what is expected of President Muhammadu Buhari over unjust killings by herdsmen the country.

Soyinka said he does not expect Buhari to be shedding “unjust tears” but wants him to go against the “bloodthirsty terrorists”.

Speaking in Lagos, he said, “I get impatient when I hear things like Buhari has failed to go and sympathise with the people of Benue, with the people of Nassarawa, with the people of Dapchi or wherever.

“Who needs sympathy? Is it sympathy that will reorder their broken lives? Is sympathy the issue? We are speaking here of one commodity that is fundamentally human deserving, justice.

“There should an internal measure to avoid repeat. We are speaking here of a president that will respond with massive action and not showing up at the arena of human desecration to shed any unjust tears, but give orders that the bloodthirsty terrorists are brought to book.”

Suspected Herdsmen Invade, Kill In Kogi Community

Persons suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have unleashed terror on three communities in Kogi State, leaving 25 people dead.

Oganienugwu and Ikende communities in Dekina Local Government Area were affected; as well as Abejukolo in Omala LGA, all in the Eastern Senatorial district of the state.

As at the time of filing this report, villagers were reportedly moving out of Obakume, Idirisu, and Oji Apata to escape possible attacks.

Our correspondent gathered that 25 people were killed in the sustained attack which started on Tuesday and continued till Thursday.

A detachment of police and soldiers have been drafted to quell the violence.

Eye witness account told our correspondent that the mode of killing employed by the hoodlums was to slaughter the victims after tying them up; while those who attempted to escape alleged received machete cuts.

Our source said villagers were woken up by gunshots by the hoodlums dressed in army uniform.

Our correspondent also gathered that gunmen armed with AK-47 rifles had visited mayhem on the villagers in their farms before returning in the night around 1am while villagers slept.

Several houses were razed and others demolished in the violent attacks which left no fewer than 25 dead.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Monday Bala, who confirmed the incident, said the command was yet to ascertain the actual casualty figure.

He said the command has drafted men of the command alongside men of the armed forces to deal with the situation, adding that his men are in total control of the situation.

 

25 Killed In Fresh Herdsmen Attack In Plateau State

Channels TV has reported that a fresh attack has been carried out by Fulani herdsmen killing 25 people in Plateau State.

The incident which occurred on Monday night in Dundu village, Kwall District in Bassa Local Government Area of the state lead to the death of 19 men, three women and three children.

 

 

Suspected Herdsmen Kill 25 Persons In Fresh Plateau Attack

Suspected herdsmen have killed 25 persons in another attack in Plateau State.

Those killed in the attack are 19 men, three women and three children.

The incident occurred on Monday night in Dundu village, Kwall District in Bassa Local Government Area of the state.

This attack comes barely three days ago when gunmen killed four persons in Jos the Plateau state capital.

The victims, who were reportedly killed on Friday night in La’ake village of Kwall district, were said to be children below the age of 10.

Barely 24 hours after five persons were killed including a set of twins in Bassa local government area of the state, despite President Buhari’s visit.

According to the village head, Daniel kadzia, the attackers invaded the village in a commando style and perfected their dastardly acts within few minutes having noticed that the youths and the men had gone for mining at that time of the day.

Narrating the sad event to Channels Television, Laraba Yohanna, the mother of two of the children that were killed said the children were playing under the moonlight just before the attack.

Inspite of these attacks, President Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed to end the violence that has claimed hundreds of lives in several states in the country.

During his visit to the state, (Plateau) the President assured of the Federal Government’s commitment to support and assist the Peace Building Agency in its effort to arrest the vicious cycle of violence.

The President, however, believes that the government alone cannot guarantee peace and that traditional rulers are critical to the sustenance of peace and order in the country.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to spread the message of peace to their subjects.

Fulani Herdsmen Invade Takum Few Days After Buhari’s Visit

The hometown of the Taraba State Governor (Governor Darius Ishaku) and a former Minster for Defence (Gen. Theophilus Danjuma ) Takum, was invaded few days after the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that President Buhari had visited Taraba to avert violence especially killings by herdsmen in the state. The attacks, which were launched on Tuesday by the Fulani herdsmen, spread to other communities in Takum Wednesday.

Buhari, who visited Taraba State on Monday over the protracted Fulani herdsmen/farmers clashes in the state, especially in the Mambilla Plateau where scores of people were killed and property worth millions of naira destroyed, had assured that security agencies would restore law and order in the state.

At the time of filing this report, two bodies were found in Takum as the attacks spread to the adjoining communities in Takum and Ussa councils.

A security personnel in Takum who sought anonymity, said that the attacks were on-going and that local vigilantes at checkpoints to defend their communities had fled for fear of being killed by the herdsmen, especially as they had disarmed following the ultimatum by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Kpotun Idris.

Takum is the home town of Governor Ishaku and T. Y. Danjuma, a former Chief of Army Staff. A battalion of the Nigerian Army is domiciled in the town being a security flashpoint in recent times.

Yesterday, the Police confirmed the attack in Takum, but declared they were waiting for details from the affected areas.

The Police Public Relations Officer, David Misal, said that there were reports of attacks in a particular community, adding that “I am waiting for more information from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO)”.

 

15 People Killed In Fresh Herdsmen Attack In Benue State

15 people have reportedly been killed in the freshest attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Olosu, a village in Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State.

According to police report the incident took place after a peace meeting was summoned to address fight between Irate Youths from Omutu and some herdsmen. The incident also lead to loss of properties as houses were set ablaze.

The herdsmen during the meeting went on rampage slaughtering 15 people and setting houses ablaze.

The location of the attack is said to be close to the camp of the herdsmen.

The Benue State Police Command, in a statement, confirmed the killings to DAILY POST, stating that four suspects had been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder.

The statement read “The Benue Police wishes to report that, today at about 0730hrs, information was received from the Security Adviser, Okpokwu LGA that some Irate Youths from Omutu engaged some Herdsmen in a fight, maiming some cows, while two (2) herdsmen were found missing.

“A peace meeting was immediately initiated with the Chairman of the LGA and the Head of the Fulani Community in the area, while a Police Search Party went in search of the 2 missing Herdsmen, one of who was found killed.

“Unfortunately, as the search and peace meeting were ongoing, some herdsmen surreptitiously went on rampage, resulting in matcheting to death of 15 persons mainly women and children, while some houses were set ablaze.

“Four (4) suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder. An extensive patrol of the community is ongoing which will be reinforce with the Special Forces.”