Deaths toll risen to 100 in Agatu • As ex-senate president calls for urgent intervention
Written by: Johnson Babajide – Makurdi
Thursday, February 25, 2016
As attack on Agatu rages on with death toll said to have risen to about 100, former Senate President, Senator David Mark, has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to urgently mobilise all the security apparatus in Nigeria with a view to putting a stop to the senseless carnage currently ravaging Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State.
The Nigerian Tribune gathered that the attack, which began four days ago had spread to nearly all parts of the council area resulting to people fleeing to neighbouring councils; Ugbopo and Otukpo all in Benue South senatorial district.
It was gathered that the suspected Fulani herdsmen as at last count ravaged 11 communities within the council area while many were said to still be missing as at the time of filing this report.
Disturbed by the raging violence that has turned the local government desolate Senator Mark decried the attack and called on urgent attention by Federal Government.
In a press statement issued and signed by his Special Assistant, Benue Liaison, Dr Adakole Elijah and made available to Nigerian Tribune in Makurdi lamented the incessant attack on Agatu people by suspected Fulani herders.
According to Senator Mark, President Buhari, as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria “owe us a duty to protect us. It is the responsibility of the government to protect lives and property. Government should ensure that this carnage is brought to an early end to let my people have their rest.”
He decried the constancy with which Agatu people were being murdered by the suspected Fulani herdsmen, even as he urged all well meaning Nigerians to stand up in defence of the Agatu people by condemning the carnage in strong terms.
The senator who urged the Federal Government to beef up security in Agatu by stationing a detachment of armed soldiers in the area in order to halt the incessant attacks also called on governments of Benue and Nasarawa states to ensure adequate security in the locality.
It would be recalled that shortly after the senatorial rerun in which the All Progressives Congress (APC) lost to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Agatu has been subjected to heavy bombardment by persons suspected to be Fulani militia.