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Why Benue is constantly attacked by herdsmen

The last is not heard of Herdsmen attack in the country, the latest of the attacks in the last two weeks has claimed 84 lives, sadly, within Benue state, particularly Logo and Ukum council area of the state.

Chief Jimmy Meeme a traditional ruler of Logo area in Benue State revealed ‘territorial occupation campaign’ by the herdsmen as the foremost cause of the invasion which has left the residents helpless and the community in a more dangerous danger.



The most recent herdsmen attack in Benue state, spewed blood on the land; 53 people lost their lives to this attack in Varser area of Ukum Local Government while Turan, Mbagber, Yonov and Tombo communities under Logo Local Government also suffered great loss of about 27 residents.

Earlier this year, Fulani herdsmen in an attack in Agwabi area of Binev council ward, under Buruku Local Government claimed 4 lives –  the attack was carried out on, May 14, 2016; two days later another 7 lives were lost and houses razed in Guma Local Government of the state all associated to the Fulani herdsmen in the state.

The former governor of the state, Gabriel Suswam was once attacked by this same group of people on March 12, 2014 after which 25 Tiv youths were reported to have lost their lives from a similar clash with the Fulani herdsmen.

The month of February 2016 didn’t end well in Benue state with the killing of 50 persons around Odugbeho-Agatu. Some representatives of the Fulani community claimed that the alleged killing of over 10, 000 cattle by the Agatu people was what sparked up the crisis and that it wasn’t intended to be a criminal element.

No doubt, a number of these iniquitous incidents must have gone unreported, it doesn’t make of less importance that lives of indigenes in the rural areas of some states  are priced at no value; hence, the continuous attack with little effort put in place to curb the menace.

Though Benue state seems to be the most affected state, others have, in recent time fallen prey to the evil deeds of these herdsmen; Enugu, Ekiti, Adamawa, Imo and Zamfara.

As the people await the outcome of the promises and pledges made by government and security agencies in the state and at federal level, it can boldly be said that very little development in place have successfully and practically yielded results to make this live-claiming act a thing of the past.


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