10 die as Fulani herdsmen invade Agatu in Benue

HEAVY fighting broke out on Sunday at Ega Adapati Island in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State between Fulani herdsmen and Agatu, leading to death of 10 persons.
According to the source, the herdsmen were said to have invaded the village about 8:00am, the time many of the villagers were set to go to church.
Nigerian Tribune reliably gathered that the invasion was a reprisal attack.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State had invited the two communities when intelligence report reached him that the Fulanis were planning reprisal attack on the state where he pleaded for peace.
The attack was said to have left the community desolate as villagers fled to neighbouring communities.
Former Commissioner for Works and Housing and running mate to the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state in the last general election, Honourable John Ngbede, said seven persons were killed.
Honourable Sule Audu, who represents the constituency in the state assembly, confirmed to newsmen in Makurdi that seven persons were killed and several houses destroyed by the invading herdsmen.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Moses Yamu, when contacted, said he was yet to be briefed.
But the State governor, Chief Samuel Ortom, confirmed the attack but noted that he was yet to get full details of the casualties.
He explained, “I can confirm to you the attack on Agatu village on Sunday, many people were wounded but I can not say of the casualty because I don’t want to act on rumour. I have asked the deputy governor to proceed to the place tomorrow (Tuesday) to assess the situation of things.

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