In spite of the several interventions and efforts by the Federal government and Benue State governments to pacify the myriad of clashes between Fulani herdsmen and peasant farmers in the state, there are indications of a fresh invasion by the marauders on Sunday.
According to reports emerging, the cattle rustlers sacked the inhabitants of Moor, a council ward in Kwande Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking to Vanguard Newspaper, a source close to the incident said: “Moor in Kwande Local Government Area is now an occupied territory. Herdsmen have sacked the inhabitants from their ancestral homes and taken over the council ward. The crisis started as far back as 2013 and has led to the death of over 100 persons and many others injured.
“All the local government clinics, including 21 primary and secondary schools in the area, have been completely destroyed. The indigenes of the community are refugees in other communities.”
Confirming the shocking revelation, the Executive Secretary of the Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, Mr. Boniface Otese, said the agency had been making concerted efforts to avail the displaced persons necessary relief materials.
In the meantime, the Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Yamu, when contacted, said the Force, army and other security agencies were working round the clock to ensure that peace and normalcy returned to every trouble spot in the state.