Herdsmen kill 16 in Agatu community of Benue state.

Herdsmen attack Agatu community of Benue state in the early hours of Wednesday 16 persons were murdered in their sleep by the suspected gang known to be  Fulani herders.

This same scenario was said to have occur in Agatu Local Government Area of the state in 2016 and hundreds of people were killed.

It was gathered from a source that, the herdsmen attacked Ebete community under Usha ward of the Agatu Local Government Area of the state in the night.

John Ikulono, Supervisory Councillor of Finance and Administration in Agatu Local Government, told one of our correspondents on the telephone that the herdsmen stormed the community around 1am on Wednesday.

Ikulono said, “An indigene of Ebete community, simply identified as Daddy Seni, who  lost his father and siblings in the attack reported the killings to the council.

He said, “Daddy Seni, whose father was also killed alongside his siblings, reported the incident. Daddy Seni left his father at Ebete to go to Aloko for fishing. It was while he was on the way that he received a call from his father that he had been shot by Fulani herdsmen. The father asked him to come back home.

“On reaching home, he saw his father lying in the pool of  his own blood gasping for breath. He rushed to take him to the hospital but he said the father told him not to worry as he had lost so much blood.

“Daddy Seni said, his father said, ‘my son, don’t bother about me and your siblings again, ours have finished, we can’t survive these gunshots, run for your dear life to tell others about this.”

The new Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, informed one of our correspondents that the communal clash was reported to the command, adding that it was under investigation.

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