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16 Mar 2016

Agatu Massacre: David Mark calls on displaced people to return home

Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has called on the Internally Displaced Persons in Agatu to return home.
According to Mark, the government was making frantic efforts to find lasting solution to the nagging crisis.
Addressing his constituents separately in Oshigbudu, Ugbokpo and Idekpa in Agatu, Apa and Ohimini local government areas on Monday, Senator Mark urged the survivors of the massacre, now scattered in various parts of the state, to return to their ancestral homes as security had been beefed up.
Mark pleaded with the state and the Federal governments to intervene by rebuilding the war ravaged communities as well as rehabilitating the survivors to resume their farming business.
He, however, asked the invaders believed to be Fulani herdsmen to halt further destruction of farm crops and other economic trees belonging to the Agatu people.
A worried Senator Mark stated that “it is sad enough that scores of lives have been lost. But the continued destruction of the peoples’ crops and other economic trees is inhuman and unacceptable.
“I cannot rationalise the justification for the massive killings and destruction of properties.“The government has promised to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the hostilities. I’m sure truth would be unearthed and both parties could find a common ground for peace and harmonious coexistence”.
Senator Mark used the occasion to express appreciation to his constituents for voting for him during the rerun election “in spite of the hostilities and obvious intimidation from certain quarters.”
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