Gunmen Kill 20 Persons And 83 Cows In Nasarawa

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Gunmen at the weekend killed 83 cows at Adayi in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

At Loko, the monarch claimed that about 20 people have been killed by gunmen in the last few weeks.

The killings were suspected to be reprisals by gunmen who crossed over from .

Although have stepped up investigation, the leader of Adayi area of Loko, , alleged that suspected Agatu gunmen from might be behind the killings.

The traditional ruler of Loko, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmed Sabo, alleged that Agatu youths might have perpetrated the act.

The community leader, , who addressed reporters in Loko, alleged that Agatu youths crossed over from about 10:30am last Saturday.

He said the suspects had wanted to “rustle the cows in their boats across River Benue, but the cattle went berserk because of sporadic shootings.”

Ahmadu said: “Upon realising they could not achieve their aim, the Agatu youth opened fire on the cows, killing 83. The injured ones are in the bush.”

The Mai Loko, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmed Sabo, said in the last few weeks, over 20 men, women and children were killed during attacks on people by Agatu youths from .

He said the Loko Development Area has only two police officers with no rifles and appealed for more security presence.

Sabo urged the not to retaliate because the government was looking into the crisis.

The Director of Personnel Management (DPM) of the development area, Danlami Umar, said the “fishing community has suffered a setback because the riverine area has been taken over by Agatu youths, who kill at will.

Police spokesman Ismaila Numan said the Nasarawa Division received a report of the killing of 83 cows by suspected hoodlums and investigation had started.

A security source said: “There has been tension in the area since the killing of more than 300 people in Agatu area of by suspected herdsmen.

“We are suspecting reprisals by Agatu youths who do not want Fulani herdsmen in their area again.

“The crisis between the Fulani and the Agatu is posing a threat to life and property in the two states.

“Nasarawa and Benue governments have to step into the incessant clashes between the Fulani and the Agatu.”

Source: TheNation

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