Fulani herdsmen: Why we attack Benue people

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Herdsmen for Benue State, north central Nigeria, don tell BBC News Pidgin why dem attack Benue communities come kill people.

Di oga for Myetti Allah cattle breeders association for Benue State, Garus Gololo, tell BBC News Pidgin tori person Dooshima Abu, say di wahala start as some people attack Fulani herdsmen wey dey carry their cow comot from Benue State.

Gololo say, “as we dey relocate go Taraba State through Nassarawa State, for border town of Nengere, thief come collect 1000 cows from us, so we sef fight dem back.”

On Monday 1 January 2018, tori say Fulani herdsmen attack some communities for Benue State, come kill about 20 people.

Other communities wey di fight affect na Gaambe -Tiev, Ayilamo, Turan, Umenger, Tse-Akor and Tomaater near Tse -Abi for Logo and Guma Local Government Areas.

But Gololo say, na defend di herdsmen defend dem self from thief dem wey come steal dia cow.

Di wahala don dey cook since wen di Benue State government put di anti-grazing law and dem no give Fulani herdsmen where to feed dia cow.

 

How di attack take happen?

Terve Akase wey bi talk-talk person for Benue State Governor, say di herdsmen bin start di attack around 9pm on New Year day reach 4am on Tuesday.

E say di attack na reaction to di new anti-open grazing law wey di state government put for ground to prevent di fight-fight wey bin don dey happen between farmers and herdsmen for di state.

After government put di law, Akase say di herdsmen “chook mouth for press say dem no gree di law.”

Im say so far na 20 people don die and Myetti Allah say seven of dia members dey miss.

But Police talk talk person for Benue Command, Moses Yamu, tell BBC News Pidgin say na 17 people die. Im come talk say di police still dey investigate di matter even as dem don arrest 8 Fulani herdsmen.

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