Anti-open Grazing Law: Hours Before Take Off, Herdsmen Attack Community in Benue

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have attacked some communities in Logo Local Government Area of Benue state, few hours to the take off the the Anti-gazing Bill, enacted by the state to curb excesses of the cattle rearers.
The attack reportedly claimed the life of one person, Ortse Kwaghdoo (40), and injured a 70 year-old man, Hinger Aka.
A source in the area said the incident happened in the Tombo ward of the local government area in the early hours of Wednesday when the deceased was shot while fishing.
He said the remains of Kwaghdoo had been deposited in a mortuary while Aka was being treated at a public health facility.
“We were alerted to the presence of massive influx of strange Fulani herdsmen in Gaambe-tiev, Logo Local Government Area. They have moved in their thousands with their cows and settled in Ukemberagya/Tswarev council ward at Zaki Hemem, Tyo-Afia, Tse Gusa, Tse Agir, Ordughga Nagwa, Tsafa, Chia Orabum and Jootar area.
“In Mbagber ward, they are at Gov-Uwev while in Tombo council ward they are at Azege, Anyibe and Fanu.
“We are appealing to the authorities concerned to mobilise security officials to curtail further carnage by theses marauders.”
He advised that security be beefed up in the area so farmers could harvest their crops.
The Special Adviser to Governor Samuel Ortom on Security, Col. Edwin Jando (retd.), who is also the state Chairman, Task Force on Implementation of Anti-open Grazing Law, confirmed that there was an attack on the area.
He said, “Yes, there is an attack on that area but we have arrested the suspected herdsman. So, no panic in the area, the situation in the area is calm.’’
The Benue State Command Police Public Relations officer, ASP Moses Yamu, confirmed the attack. He said the command received a report on November 2 that there was an attack on Azege village in Logo where suspected herdsmen passed through in the early hours of the day.
“The DPO and mobile policemen stationed at Ayilamo quickly moved in and discovered that one Ortser Kwaghdoo was killed while Hingir Akaa sustained injuries,” he said.

Author: News Editor

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