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Agatu council head denies monarch’s claim on killing of herdsmen


The Chairman of Agatu Local Council, Joseph Ngbede, has debunked the allegation by a traditional ruler in Nasarawa State, Ardo of Loko, that the Agatu in Benue were behind the attack and killing of Fulani herdsmen in Adayi village in Nasarawa.

Ngbede, who stated this in a statement made available to The Guardian in Makurdi, yesterday, described the claim as mischievous, especially coming from a traditional ruler who he said should suggest ways of resolving the crisis.

“You are aware that over 300,000 Agatu people were displaced by Fulani herdsmen, over 20 villages were razed down completely and properties worth over N10 billion were destroyed. Women and children are rendered homeless and many died as a result of various ailment caused by the attacks.

“It is absurd for anyone to start thinking that displaced Agatu people who are struggling with how to cope with their situation could be responsible for the attacks on the Fulani in Nasarawa State,” Ngbede said.

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