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Herdsmen invade Gov. Suswan's local govt, kill 12

By News Express on 31/01/2015

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Fulani herdsmen on Friday launched attack on five villages in Logo, Governor Gabriel Suswam’s local government, killing over 12 persons and razing down over one 100 houses.

The affected communities included Chembe, Tse-Mue, Ifer, Mgbakpa and Oragbai, all in Ukemberagya council ward, four kilometers from Anyiin, headquarters of Logo Local Government Area.

The gunmen had stormed the area at about 5 am and started shooting sporadically into the air for several hours, before killing scores of people At about 12 noon, the herdsmen were said to be closing up on Anyiin, the second largest town in Logo local government.

Senior Special Assistant to governor Suswam on Media and Public Affairs, Chief Joseph Anawah, who is an indigene of the area, said the insurgents numbering over 100, used different routes to invade the villages.

The governor’s aide said the insurgents traced some farmers to their farms and killed them, adding that most of those killed included those that were rendered homeless as a result of last year’s attacks on the communities by the herdsmen and had returned to their villages to cultivate their farmlands.

He requested for the swift intervention of the federal government and other well meaning individuals and organisations to end the crisis in order to save the state and nation from imminent famine, following the displacement of farmers who rely mostly on their farms to feed themselves.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), John Bako, said two people were killed in the brutal attack. The PPRO said the people were killed when the Peace and Reconciliation Committee set up by the state government to reconcile the Tiv and Fulani were holding a meeting to fine tune ways of ending the intractable crises.

The latest attack occurred four days after a clash between Agatu people and Fulani herdsmen had claimed over 17 lives.

Adapted from Newswatch Times. Photo shows Governor Suswam.

Source News Express

Posted 31/01/2015 03:37:56 AM





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