President Muhammadu Buhari says he doubts the accuracy of murder reports by Fulani herdsmen in Benue state two days ago.
According to President Buhari, 81 people can’t just be killed like that. He said he has directed security sources to ascertain the accuracy of the report.
Fulanis have been tagged as the world’s fourth deadliest known terrorist group has.
The little-known group, formed of individuals from the semi-nomadic pastoral ethnic group Fula people existing across several West African nations.
President Buhari is he grand patron of Fulani herders in Nigeria.
The presidency, through its digital communications office, yesterday said some of the pictures in circulation were from the genocide in Congo, back in 2014.
“Law enforcement agents are working to ascertain the accuracy of reports of fresh killings in Benue State. The @PoliceNG will issue a statement,” presidency said in a Tweet.
“The magnitude of killings is enormous. Scores of people were killed in the past two weeks by Fulani herdsmen in at least 10 local government areas of the state,” spokesman Tahav Agerzua told AFP.
Corroborating the story, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Moses Yamu, said 22 persons were killed and not 81.
Yamu further explained that the attack happened last month.
“It’s not a recent development. The clashes happened last month and we are on top of the situation,” Yamu said.
Codex News gathered that suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded villages and killed many vaillages in the wee hours of the morning.
The conflict is related to grazing rights and has been an ongoing feud between herders and crop farmers.
Benue State government is presently working with security agencies to resolve the fresh crisi that has engulfed the affected villagers.
This year alone, clashes between Fulani herdsmen and crop farmers has claimed many lives, including destruction of properties.
Fulani herdsmen and farmers conflict in Nigeria is a land resource based conflict in Benue and other states.
According to a Human Rights Watch report of December 2013 violence between Fulani herdsmen, farmers and local communities had killed 3,000 people since 2010.