Suspected Fulani herdsmen have been alleged to have attacked and killed more than 50 people in a community in Agatu, Benue State. However, there has been conflicting report on the actual number of lives lost from the attack. According to Nigerian media sources, up to 150 people were killed, but that number has been rejected by some Christian group that believe it’s an attack on Christians and that more than 250 lives have been lost while 7,000 people were displaced.
The President, Muhammadu Buhari has promised to set up a panel of investigation over the alleged increasing attack by Fulani herdsmen, but many Nigerians, especially Christians from the South believe the response by government have been slow.
In an interview with Vanguard Nigerian newspaper, the Benue State Police Commissioner, Paul Yakadi said “The worrisome renewed attack on the Agatu communities by Fulani herdsmen was as a result of the alarming influx of the herdsmen into the area through neighboring towns of Naka in Gwer West local government area of Benue State, Loco and Doma of Nasarawa State, where cattles are made to swim across the water to Agatu.” Yakadi said his office is investigating the attack. “The Command, which was on an assessment tour of the area few days ago to identify areas that security needed to be beefed up, discovered Fulani herdsmen armed with sophisticated weapons with their cows numbering over 5,000,” he said.