Immediate past minister of Interior, Abbah Moro, has in strong terms condemned the recent clash between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in his country home, Okpokwu LGA of Benue State.
One person was confirmed dead and many houses razed in a clash that ensued between the cattle breeders and farmers in Ingle Odidi community in Okpokwu.
Reacting to the incident in a statement he personally signed, Moro, who was the former local government chairman of Okpokwu, described the clash as very unfortunate.
He called on the security agencies to go after those behind the heinous act and bring them to book.
He said, “Information coming out from Okpokwu LGA of Benue State indicates that one Fulani herdsman was killed, houses razes and others still missing, If this is true, it is very sad and unfortunate indeed, coming at the heels of the killing and mass brial of Benue citizens recently. This is one killing too many, Benue State has witnessed unprecedented spates of killings in the past, from Agatu to Guma, from Guma to Logo and Buruku to Kwande and most parts if the state, With horrendous killing of the past few weeks, efforts appeared to be geared towards finding s a lasting solution to the perennial herdsmen/farmer clashes occasioning death. The latest killing, abduction and destruction of property in Okpokwu is therefore unacceptable.
“Intelligence in the recent past had indicated a possible attack of Fulani herdsmen by armed gangs who have been suspected to be behind the killing od retired teachers and businessmen in the area. It is unfortunate that, this same armed gang are suspected in this latest killing.
“I urge security agencies in the area to urgently take steps to fish out and apprehend the perpetrators of the heinous crime. Life is sacred and a gift from God and no peron(s) regardless of status has a right to take another’s life.
“Let me appeal to those involved in the recent incident to remain clam and trust security agencies to rise up to the occasion to bring those who committed this crime to justice.”