By Uzer Moses
Suspected Fulani armed herdsmen Sunday attacked Tse-Ageraga, Mbagber council ward of Gaambe-Tiev in Logo Local Government Area of Benue state and killed Mr Tersoo Ageraga, wounding many.
The Voice learnt that the armed herdsmens livestock were freely grazing on one Tersoo Ageraga’s crops (who is now late) and in a bid to prevent or ascertain why livestock were feeding on his crops, the owners of the cattle opened fire on them, killing one at the spot and wounding many others.
The Chairman of Logo Local Government, Isaac Terseer Agber, in a telephone conversation with The Voice confirmed the incident and called on government to intervene as Fulani herdsmen have continued to destroy crops in the local government.
According to the chairman, the suspected Fulani herders “were not only grazing on farmers’ crops but also battling with water in the streams for their cattle which inhabitants use to wash their clothes and other domestic purposes.”
He said the suspected armed Fulani herdsmen killed one person and injured another person who is currently receiving treatment at the Rehabilitation Hospital, Mkar.
Meanwhile, the Ter Logo, HRH, Chief Jimmy Meeme who condemned the lingering killings of innocent farmers in his jurisdiction wondered why Fulani herders would continue to graze openly, despite the Benue state law against open grazing in the state.
Chief Meeme however, called on security agents to intensify efforts in checking and facilitating the implementation of the anti-open grazing law so that there would be peace between agrarian peasant farmers and pastoralists in the area.