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Fulani/Agatu Crisis Rep accuses FG of ‘encouraging’ herdsmen to kill Idoma people

He expressed displeasure over FG 'unwillingness' to disarm Fulani herdsmen who have continued attack the Agatu people.

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Honourable Adamu Ochepo Entonu addressing journalists on Fulani herdsmen killings in Agatu play

Honourable Adamu Ochepo Entonu addressing journalists on Fulani herdsmen killings in Agatu

Adamu Ochepo Entonu, the member representing Apa/Agatu federal constituency of Benue State has expressed displeasure over the ‘unwillingness’ of government to disarm Fulani herdsmen who have continued to attack ‘helpless’ Nigerians across the country

Addressing journalists at the National Assembly on Thursday, March 9, 2017, Hon Entonu said such actions suggest a ‘very sinister agenda’ that is highly worrisome to Agatu people and the Idoma nation.

The lawmaker warned against looming food crisis in Nigeria stressing that indigenes of the community who are predominantly farmers dread going to their farms due to the presence of heavily armed Fulani Herdsmen.

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“The people of Agatu are presently living in fear due to the presence of heavily armed herdsmen who were empowered to resettle in our community by the state government without being disarmed,” he said.

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“In a press chat over the weekend, Mike Inalegu told pressmen that over 50,000 cattle invaded Agatu. The implication is that crops are being destroyed, people being hacked when they complain, farmers perpetually afraid to visit their farms.

“How can the federal government be talking about food security while the food basket of the nation is facing very serious security crisis?“ he asked.

Entonu commended the Nigerian Army on their efforts at quelling the crisis between the Agatu and Fulani herdsmen.

He called on the Police to investigate the alleged killing of soldier by a member of the community.

Meanwhile, victims of the herdsmen brutality in Agatu local government of Benue have prayed the ECOWAS Court to compel the federal government to pay them N10 billion as compensation.

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