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Fulani Herdsmen Killings: Sultan Gives MACBAN 2 Months To Fish Out Perpetrators

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Sultan Of Sokoto, Mohammad Sa’ad Abubakar III

Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin

National President, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Alhaji Mohammadu Kiruwa on Wednesday disclosed that the Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has given them two months to fish out criminal elements among herdsmen in the country.

He made the assertion during a stakeholders meeting between the farmers and herdsmen held at the instance of the Edo State Police Command to foster peace in the various communities in the state.

The national secretary, Alhaji Baba Othman Ngelzarma, who spoke for the national president of MACBAN, said they are duty bound to proffer lasting solutions to the incessant herdsmen attacks on innocent citizens in the country.

“The Sultan of Sokoto has given us two months mandate to fish out criminal elements among the herdsmen in the country. If those things that have been alleged have been done by the herdsmen we must do all we could to fish out the criminal elements.

“He has given us the mandate and, in two months time, he wants us to give him results,” Kiruwa said.

Kiruwa said they were in Edo State to sensitize herdsmen on how to avoid conflict and live peacefully with the people of their host communities.

“We are here in Edo State for the past three days. We came in respect of what is happening across the states.

“We have talked with our members and have also heard from them. We also taught them how we want them to behave because they are at the receiving end when trouble starts.

“Because they move with all they have in this whole world, which are the cows, children and their families.

“We are here, mediating between the farmers and the herders in Odighi and the rest. I am sure that from now on, things will begin to change.

“This is just the beginning and we are going to sustain it,” he said.

Ngelzarma said those carrying out the killing of innocent citizens across the country are mostly not herdsmen, though there are bad ones among them, just as it is seen in every other profession.

He said that MACBAN was a peaceful organisation, citing notable Nigerians that constitute its board of trustees.

“We are here for peace, we are here to condemn the atrocities in whatever forms by whoever. We are not a terrorist group, but we are a peace-loving association and that is why we have his eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, as the Chairman, Board of Trustees, of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeder Association, and we have other members like the Emir of Kano.

“We have the Lamido of Adamawa and the Emir of Katsina. These are other members of trustees of the association.

“This association has been in existence for over 30 years. So, it is a peaceful association. We do not condone violence and we condemn violence by whoever, either by a cattle herder or a farmer. We are not a party to violence,” he said.

The spokesman express dissatisfaction at the way activities of killer herdsmen has been politicized in the country by politicians.

“We see violence being perpetrated by criminals wherever they take place because, what a lot of people do not know, our members are at the receiving end of most of these crises.

“Today, it is on record that our members have lost about two million cows as a result of cattle rustling. Our members also suffer from the hands of the kidnappers. Our members were not spared by the farmers and cattle breeders dispute. Though we know we have our faults there because of the relationship between the tongue and teeth, so, such a thing is bound to happen.

“They have the habit of making destruction in farmlands, and these are things that we always condemn; more especially we are not a party and we do not like night grazing. We always kick against night grazing because, of all these ones that is why we have a lot of problems.

“And at times, allowing minors to go on grazing, that is what is causing most of the problems and, above all, when all these are not there when the relationship is good, they settle in the farms, they see each other, shake hands and continue to live; but today, because of so many things, politicians have made this crisis a fertile ground.

“They take advantage of the crisis for their political gain. They give the herdsmen all sorts of names to the extent that today, whatever communities in Nigeria if they sight herdsmen come close, they start saying ‘trouble is coming close to us’,” he complained. (The Sun)

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SHOCKING: Herdsmen In Army Uniform Kill Another 43 Benue Farmers |The Republican News

By Cephas Iorhemen, MAKURDI

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Less than 24 hours after Fulani herdsmen killed nineteen people including two Catholic Priests in Benue, the insurgents in the wee hours of Wednesday attacked fifteen villages in Guma and Gwer West local government areas leaving at least 43 local farmers dead.

The herders who residents said were dressed in the Nigerian Army uniforms, attacked the Mbakpaase, Tse-Umenger, Tomanyiin, Tse-Ali Agudu and Mbanyiar communities, while in Gwer West they attacked ten council wards.

New Telegraph gathered that the heavily armed men, numbering more than 50, stormed the Tse-Umenger on Tuesday night around 7pm and set the entire village on fire and killed nineteen (16) people.

It was gathered that while the attack was going on, another group of the insurgents numbering over 20 attacked Tomanyiin in Saghev council ward, Tse-Ali Agudu, Mbanyiar at Mbawar council ward at about 11 pm killing 19 persons.

As if the killings were not enough, the armed Fulani herdsmen also invaded and attacked Abiam village in Sengev council ward of Gwer West local government area and killed eight people after they had abducted one person and took him to an unknown destination.

Chairman of Gwer West, Mr Francis Ayaga told reporters that the herders have occupied ten out of fifteen council wards of the local government adding that the invaders made an incursion into the area from Doma in neighbouring Nasarawa State to attract the people.

Mr Ayaga said however that he could not ascertain the casualty figure as more bodies were being recovered from the bush but said many people were killed.

A resident of Gwer West who did not want his name mentioned said, the victims who have been taking refuge in Naka, had gone home to find out whether they could return home when the herdsmen attacked them.

“The victims went home to find out whether their village was safe for them to return but they were attacked and abducted by the herdsmen”.

“This morning they collected a phone of one of the victims and called his family members and while he was still speaking they executed him”.

“The herdsmen also called and told family members of the victims to go and collect the bodies of the deceased. But nobody can go there because the herdsmen are still occupying the place”.

Former governorship aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in the state, Dr Tivlumun Nyitse, who hails from Umenger community told journalists that the invaders killed many people in the village and burnt many houses stuffed with food items.

Hordes of the inhabitants including women, children and old people alike who deserted their homes are said to be taking refuge in the bush, while in Mbakpaase, corpses recovered were hurriedly buried by the villagers, who have since fled for safety while lots of people were still missing as at press time.

A source from the area who pleaded anonymity hinted that no single house was reported standing in these villages at the time of this report.

The attacks, it was learnt, occurred same day the herdsmen attacked Gwer East local government and killed 19 persons, including two Catholic Priests.

Commissioner of Police in Benue State, Mr Fatai Owoseni told journalists that he was yet to obtain details about the killing and promised to divulge them as soon as they were ready.    (New Telegraph)

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Fulani Herdsmen Kill Two Priest, 14 Worshippers In Benue, Buhari Condemns Killings

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Omololu Ogumade in Abuja and George Okoh in Makurdi

In another gruesome incident, Fulani herdsmen Tuesday morning attacked a Catholic church at Ukpor-Mbalom in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State, killing two priests and 14 worshippers.

The armed herdsmen attacked the St. Ignatius’ Quasi Parish in the community when an early morning mass was in progress.

The Makurdi diocese of the Catholic Church confirmed the attack, saying two of its priests and worshippers were slain during the violent onslaught in the morning.
The attackers also burnt nearly 50 houses during the attack and sacked the entire community.

The attack occurred barely four days after the murder of 10 persons by herdsmen in Guma Local Government Area and the destruction of several houses by men suspected to be military personnel in Naka, Gwer West in the state.

Reacting to the dastardly act, President Muhammadu Buhari described as vile and satanic the slaughter of the worshippers and condoled with the government and people of Benue State.
The Makurdi diocese of the church identified the dead priests as Reverend Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha.

According to the director of communications of the diocese, Fr. Moses Iorapuu, the two priests were killed during the deadly attack by herdsmen/jihadists early Tuesday.
He said in their classic style, they burnt down homes, destroyed food items and killed at will.
“The police seem to know nothing of the attacks which have been going on in other villages within Benue State since the Anti-Open Grazing Law came into effect last year,” he said.
He said many people were wondering why the international community has remained silent over the massacre of Benue citizens.

“The answer is simple: It has been the goal of the jihadists to conquer Benue and Tiv people who have resisted their advance into the Middle Belt and the Eastern part of Nigeria since 1804.
“These are the people (Benue indigenes) who rejected Islam and fought for the unification of Nigeria in the civil war of 1967 – 1970,” Iorapuu added.
He said the people of Eastern Nigeria today have very little sympathy for Benue people who fought on the side of Nigeria, adding that the Muslim North was enjoying its sweet revenge, which has been overshadowed by an insensitive regime.

Iorapuu disclosed that there were over 170,000 internally displaced persons in the state before the Naka invasion, adding that surely with the current situation in Mbalom, Benue will be flooded with thousands more.
“What cannot be said at this point is the consequences of the deaths of the missionaries and the silent other killings that have been ignored by the federal government for over a year,” he said.

He said the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, one of the largest in Nigeria, has been active in providing relief materials, including education and skills acquisition programmes for residents in the state.
“To go after the priests means total destruction of everything we stand for and believe in as a people,” he added.

Also confirming the church attack, the Benue State Police Command said Tuesday that 16 people, including two Catholic priests, were killed during the morning mass.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, told newsmen in Makurdi, the state capital, that unknown gunmen, suspected to be herdsmen, opened fire on Catholic worshippers during morning mass.

“The worshippers were attacked around 5 a.m. during morning mass. Other victims were killed during a burial ceremony later in the day,” he said.
Owoseni, who described the attacks as “unfortunate”, vowed to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
He said preliminary investigations revealed that the herdsmen had been in the area for sometime before carrying out the attacks.

The police commissioner said more policemen were deployed in the area to forestall further attacks.
Reacting to the incident, the president described as vile and satanic the slaughter of innocent worshippers in Ukpor-Mbalom and condoled with the government and people of Benue State.

A statement by his media aide, Mr Femi Adesina, said Buhari also extended his condolences to the Mbalom community, the priests and members of the affected church, describing the cruel act as despicable.
According to him, attacking a worship centre and killing priests and worshippers was satanic and capable of causing a religious crisis.

“I extend my sincere condolences to the government and people of Benue State, the Mbalom community, and especially the bishop, priests and members of the St. Ignatius’ Catholic Church, whose premises was the unfortunate venue of the heinous killings by gunmen.

“This latest assault on innocent persons is particularly despicable. Violating a place of worship, killing priests and worshippers is not only vile, evil and satanic, it is clearly calculated to stoke up a religious conflict and plunge our communities into endless bloodletting,” the president said.

Joining the president to condemn the latest killings in Benue State, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar said on Twitter Tuesday: “It was heart-rending to hear about the invasion and killing of worshippers in Benue State today. My condolences to the Catholic dioceses of Benue State. May the deceased rest in peace.”  (ThisDay)

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Fresh Attack: Fulani Herdsmen Raid Benue Communities, Kill 10 |RN

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John Charles

Some suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded six communities in Saghev council ward of the Guma Local Government Area of Benue State where 10 persons were reportedly killed.

The residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the attacks started in the late hours of Friday till the early hours of Saturday.

SUNDAY PUNCH gathered that the communities attacked included Tse Abi, Tse Ginde, Tse Peviv, Tse Ikyo, Agenke and Gbenke.

The suspected Fulani herdsmen were said to have stormed the villages in military uniform, shooting sporadically and setting houses ablaze.

One of the residents said, “This is the second time since yesterday (Friday) these herdsmen would attack these villages. As I speak with you, 10 dead bodies have been recovered. As of 2.04pm; gunshots could still be heard, while several houses were burnt down.”

The attacks occurred barely two days after the state Acting Governor, Benson Abounu, raised the alarm of planned attacks on five communities in the state.

The state government, however, urged the authorities concerned to live up to their responsibilities to avert the planned attacks on Benue.

The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Lawrence Onoja, during an interview with our correspondent, said after the state security council received the report of the planned attacks, the officials immediately swung into action by taking a critical look at the report and came to the conclusion that there was a need for the reinforcement of all the security apparatus in the state.

He said, “The security reports further revealed that some of the mercenaries were camped in Rukubi in Nasarawa State, close to Benue, where they have earmarked five different locations in Benue State to launch possible attacks simultaneously.

“We have written to the Inspector-General of Police, Force Headquarters, Abuja. We have also informed the Chiefs of Army Staff, Air Staff and the Director-General, Department of State Services and other relevant security agencies.

“We believe that they will act fast to chase these mercenaries out of our state and also help to end the herdsmen killings in the state.”

The commissioner urged the communities to protect themselves by cooperating and collaborating with all the relevant security agencies in information sharing and local intelligence gathering.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Yamu, said he had yet to be briefed on the attacks.  He promised to respond after consulting with the necessary local authorities.  (Punch)

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Photos: Rampaging Soldiers Set Over 300 Houses In Benue On Fire |The Republican News

By Cephas Iorhemen, MAKURDI

Some persons suspected to be Nigerian soldiers invaded the phase two communities in Naka, the headquarters of Gwer West local government area of Benue state and set many houses ablaze.

This was as Fulani herdsmen in the early hours of Thursday launched an attack on Agasha, a community near Governor Samuel Ortom’s district.

Chairman of the local government, Mr Francis Ayagah told journalists that the said soldiers stormed the area at about 11:00 am and began burning houses to the apprehension of residents.

Mr Ayagah could not immediately confirm casualty figures, if there were any said the ‘soldiers’ were on a reprisal attack over the killing of one of their colleagues near the community on Wednesday.

“A soldier was allegedly killed by hoodlums yesterday (Wednesday), but I met with the Brigade Commander around 4:30 am today” (yesterday) Mr Ayagah said, adding that over 300 houses were burnt.

“He gave me a list of suspects and we arrested five of them overnight. It was while we were trying to take them to the brigade that soldiers stormed the town and started burning houses”.

“A whole part of the town has been completely burnt down and we are appealing for help and understanding from the soldiers”, he said adding that homes of citizens were mostly affected rather than those of the suspected killers of the slain soldier.

Information Officer of the local government, Mr Francis Ugbede, told New Telegraph that a 65-year-old man who was sick and could not be carried when the soldiers invaded was burnt inside one of the buildings.

The operation lasted for over two hours within which more than 300 houses and property worth billions of naira were destroyed.

Naka is about 45 kilometres from Makurdi, the state capital. Gwer West was attacked a little over a week ago with over 25 people reportedly killed.

When contacted, the Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, officer, 707 Special Forces Battalion Makurdi, Major Olabisi Ayeni confirmed the incident.

Major Ayeni said at about 3:30 pm on “Wednesday troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade deployed at Naka in Gwer West local government area of Benue State observed the absence of PTE Danlami Gambo from duty post, the soldier’s rifle was however found at the location”.

“It was gathered that the soldier was last seen receiving a phone call but left in search of network and did not return. Troops immediately conducted patrols to search for the missing soldier. During the search at about 6:10 pm troops observed blood stains along with a footpath leading to a newly dug grave”.

“Troops immediately dug out the grave and the dead body of the missing soldier was found butchered”.

Major Ayeni said the corpse of the deceased soldier had been exhumed and deposited at the Nigerian Air Force morgue in Makurdi, adding that preliminary revealed that some locals were involved in the killing of the soldier which has led to the arrest of some suspects by a team dispatched from the unit to the scene of the incident.

He added that investigation was ongoing to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of the soldier and to also arrest all the culprits involved.

Meanwhile, the Tiv Youth Organisation (TYO) has condemned the massive destruction of property in Naka by men of the Nigerian Army.

President of the organisation, Mr Timothy Hembaor who spoke to New Telegraph in an interview wondered why the soldiers failed to go after Fulani herdsmen who murdered two soldiers in Tyulen and also claimed responsibility but preferred to visit mayhem on Tiv villages that had been deserted long ago and taken over by the Fulani insurgents.

“Fulani herdsmen had already chased the people in Naka and occupied the place. The action of the soldiers is condemnable”.

“What has happened has already given us the impression that this is what President Muhammadu Buhari had been looking for; if not Fulani had killed about two soldiers at Tyulen and they even admitted responsibility for the killing and there is no iota of hostility against Fulani herdsmen that are occupying Tyulen and other parts of Guma local government area where those soldiers were killed”.

“So why are they afraid to go after Fulani militia that killed their men and they are just burning and ransacking Tiv villages because a soldier was killed around the place without investigating to know exactly who is responsible for it”?

At least six people were yesterday killed by armed Fulani herdsmen at Agasha in Guma local government area of the state. Thousands of local inhabitants including women and children were yesterday seen leaving their homes in droves to areas considered safe to avoid being killed.

(New Telegraph)

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Fulani Herdsmen, Farmers’ Clashes Claimed Over 257 Lives This Year – FG

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The Federal Government has disclosed that over 257  persons have been killed since January 2018, in the clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the country.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who made the disclosure in Katsina, yesterday, said the number was recorded in 30 incidents across the country.

Mustapha spoke at the opening ceremony of the Federal and States Security Administrators’ Meeting (FSSAM), where he was represented by his Permanent Secretary, Sulaiman Haliru, who is also chairman of the forum.

He said: “Within the last few months, we have recorded over 30 incidents, which have claimed lives of more than 257 persons, within this year alone.

“States most affected include Zamfara, Adamawa, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Niger and Kaduna, to mention but a few. Apart from the herdsmen and farmers’ clashes, we also have other security challenges. These are in the areas of kidnapping and abduction.

“Kidnapping and abduction used to be restricted to some areas, but, now, and from records, it is virtually a national menace, becoming so rampant everywhere.

“Another worrisome issue is the menace of child abuse. Children have, now, become victims of criminal rape and molestation.

Katsina State Governor,  Aminu Bello Masari, who also spoke at the programme, said “the state government spends over N60 million monthly, in assisting and supporting the security agencies in the state.

“It is against this backdrop, and our present financial position, that I solicit that the Federal Government comes in and looks into the issue of funding of security agencies operating in the states.”  (The Sun)

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