New reports making rounds since yesterday evening indicate that over 45 people have been killed in Agatu Village of Benue state by militiamen believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect.
On Sunday 12th May, the Fulani herdsmen attacked the villagers as they buried some members of the village, and opened fire on the mourners, killing at least 45 of them.
The Agatu people have now cried out in an SOS message over the killings, appealing to the Federal Government and the Senate President (David Mark)who is an indigene of Benue State to intervene.
See the unedited message below:
“HELP!!!! HELP!!!! HELP!!!! HELP!!!! MY PEOPLE UNDER ATTACK.News reaching me this afternoon states that over 45 persons laying down dead by some unknown group (which i believe to be Boko Haram) in my FATHER’S LAND, AGATU, area of Benue state.It’s a painful incident which urgent attention needs to be taken by our dear President, Governor and the Senate President.Please Nigerians, we need your help”Signed Ochenjele Isaac
Similarly, Villagers in Kagoro, Kaduna State have reported their area as coming under sporadic herdsmen shooting yesterday night 13th May,2013.
Kagoro, in Southern Kaduna, is where fighting broke out between soldiers and some suspected Fulani herdsmen after the gunmen resumed attacks yesterday evening in the area.
Sources say gunmen who were resisted by Nigerian troops on Sunday in Zangan, Kaura local government area, surprisingly resumed attacks this evening in the same area burning many houses and churches including that of the district head of Zangan, who is reportedly missing after the attack. The invaders also shot an unspecified number of villagers.
One resident explained that the village is now empty as the locals have fled to neighboring villages which are far from the scene.
The military authorities and the Kaduna State government seem unable to halt the frequent attacks in the region that has so far claimed several villagers in the predominately Christian area of the state.