The Benue Farmers, led by Mr Shuwem Mnguduguen, allegedly claim that six Fulani herdsmen simply identified as Alhaji Doka, Alhaji Danka, Alhaji Shagari, Alhaji Dogo, Alhaji Ilo and Alhaji Ibrahim – destroyed their farms and land, demanding that the trespassers should pay them N100bn.
In the statement of claim, the plaintiffs also prayed the Makurdi High Court to restrain the herdsmen from further trespass on their land.
Justice Morris Ikpambese of the Markurdi high court ordered that the writ of summons be served in the office of the chairman, civilian joint task force on the Tiv-Fulani affairs in Benue and Nasarawa states in the premises of the office of the deputy governor of the state.
The judge said the summons should also be served by pasting same on the notice board of the High Court of Justice, Makurdi, adding that he was satisfied with the submission of the plaintiff’s’ counsel that efforts made to effect direct service on the respondents had proved abortive as shown by the exhibit before the court.
Fulani herdsmen have had a long history of attacking communities in the Gwer-West LGA since 2011. During the latest attacks, 17 communities were destroyed while unspecified number of houses, farms and stores of harvested crops were destroyed.
33 shallow graves of women and children killed in the attacks, were reportedly seen by pressmen during a tour of the affected communities organised by the Chairman of the Gwer-West LGA traditional council, Chef Daniel Abomtse.
In 2012, hundreds of the herdsmen invaded the local government area and occupied devastated areas with their cattle and allegedly killed the remnants, forcing the then state governor, Gabriel Suswam, to request the presence of soldiers.
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