Wednesday, 28 February 2018

How Herdsmen Invaded Our Community, Ordered Us To Vacate Our Homes - Benue Monarch

Suspected Fulani herdsmen in the early hours of Monday allegedly invaded Mbatoho community in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. Mbatoho community is a council ward located on an Island in Makurdi town. The community leader, who identified himself as John Tehemen, led a few other residents to lodge a complaint with the state's Deputy Governor, Benson Abounu, saying that the herdsmen had ordered them to vacate their homes.

He said, "Herdsmen who were fully armed with sophisticated weapons in the early hours of yesterday (Monday) invaded our community, Mbatoho, and ordered everyone to leave. The herdsmen came in large numbers but they did not harm anyone; they only asked us to leave”He gave the population of the community to be about 5,000. Responding, the deputy governor said the government had just received the information from the community, adding that he had ordered the security adviser, Paul Hemba, to go and verify the claim.

When asked whether the state government was not worried that herdsmen might use the place to attack the state, Abounu said the government would determine the next line of action after it must have established the true story. When contacted on the telephone, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, told Punch that he had just received the report. Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly , Mr. Bamidele Oloyeloogun, said herders invaded his farm and their cows destroyed his maize plantation.

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