The Fulani herdsmen, it seems, do not nave the monopoly when it comes to innocent attacks as gunmen, in what seemed like a reprisal attack at the weekend killed 20 persons from a Fulani community in a bloody onslaught.
Their cattle was not left out in the attack which happened at Adayi in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, as a total of 83 cows where also butchered.
The gunmen who are presently at large are widely suspected to be from Agatu area of Benue State. Security agencies have launched an investigative inquiry into the killings, but so far the investigation is still inconclusive.
Police spokesman, Ismaila Numan confirmed the incident when he said that the Nasarawa Division received a report of the killing of 83 cows by suspected hoodlums and investigation had started.
Furthermore, an anonymous source also said:
“There has been tension in the area since the killing of more than 300 people in Agatu area of Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen. We are suspecting reprisals by Agatu youths who do not want Fulani herdsmen in their area again.
“The crisis between the Fulani and the Agatu is posing a threat to life and property in the two states. Nasarawa and Benue governments have to step into the incessant clashes between the Fulani and the Agatu.”
Following the investigation by security agencies,the Fulani leader of Adayi area of Loko, Mallam Bideri Ahmadu, alleged that suspected Agatu youths from Benue State are to be held responsible for the killings.
The Fulani community leader, who addressed reporters in Loko, alleged that Agatu youths crossed over from Benue State about 10:30am last Saturday.
“The suspects had wanted to rustle the cows in their boats across River Benue, but the cattle went berserk because of sporadic shootings. Upon realising they could not achieve their aim, the Agatu youth opened fire on the cows, killing 83. The injured ones are in the bush.”
Also, the traditional ruler of Loko, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmed Sabo, maintains the opinion that Agatu youths might have perpetrated the act.
The Mai Loko, over 20 men, women and children were killed during attacks on Fulani people by Agatu youths from Benue State. He said the Loko Development Area has only two police officers with no rifles and appealed for more security presence.
Sabo pleaded for ‘calm’ on the part of the Fulani community and urged them Fulani not to take matters into their own hands because the government was looking into the crisis.