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21 Jun 2017

Many injured as Fulani herdsmen launch attack on Benue farmers

Several persons have been injured in Makurdi, the Benue State capital after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked rice farmers in North Bank area of the state.
DAILY POST gathered that the attack was reportedly carried out by members of the Miyyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) at the bank of River Benue.
According to an eyewitness, Ukan Kurugh, “the herdsmen launched attack on then while they were farming rice and herdsmen walked onto the farm and started grazing.”
He said the injured farmers were rushed to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital.
This attack is coming barely one week after the herdsmen had condemned the recent Anti Open grazing Law of Benue State and vowed to mobilize their arsenals to resist it. 
Alhassan who read the position of the herdsmen said the Land Grazing law of 1960 was subsisting and that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benues should learn from a former Governor Jonah jang of Plateau who tried to decimate the Fulanis for eight years but failed.
“Cattle rustling and violence against Fulani herders have pervaded most states in Nigeria. We view this as part of an economically based form of criminality and agenda perpetrated by criminal networks that are illegal and informal against out people,” Alhassan had said.
Meanwhile, several calls to the Benue State Police PRO, Moses Yamu were not responded to.
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