Suspected gunmen have slaughtered 83 cows at Adayi in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State during the weekend, even as reports claim 20 persons were killed in what might be reprisal attacks in the last few weeks.
The traditional ruler of Loko, a town in Nasarawa state, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmed Sabo, alleged that Agatu youths might have perpetrated the act, arguing that the killings were suspected to be reprisals by gunmen who crossed over from Benue State.
Corroborating with the ruler of Loko, the Fulani leader of Adayi area of Loko, Mallam Bideri Ahmadu, also alleged that the suspected Agatu gunmen from Benue State might be responsible for the killings.
The Nation gathered that the Fulani leader said the suspects had wanted to “rustle the cows in their boats across River Benue, but the cattle went berserk because of sporadic shootings.”
“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 that over 20 men, women and children were killed during attacks on Fulani people by Agatu youths from Benue State.
Also speaking on the matter, a security source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “There has been tension in the area since the killing of more than 300 people in Agatu area of Benue State by suspected Fulani 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.”