Saturday, March 12, 2016 2:06 pm
Senator David Mark on Friday took a tour of the Agatu town in Benue State ravaged by Fulani herdsmen, with the people fleeing the town after scores were killed and homes burnt.
Although the Federal Government said that it is deploying troops to maintain peace in the area, according to Governor Samuel Ortom, the people are still holding out in Otukpo and
other parts of the state.
Mark is the senator representing the area in the National Assembly.
And on Friday, he carried out a first hand assessment of areas affected by the Agatu massacre.
After inspecting the area, he summed up as follows: “I am shocked beyond words at the extent of destruction I have seen here in Agatu today Nothing whatsoever justifies this brazen act of destruction meted out on the people of Agatu. Whoever was responsible for the Agatu carnage must be fished out and punished.”
The Senator’s convoy was given a taste of the violence in the region, when it was shot at by gunmen.
Let’s hope there will be a change of heart by the herdsmen.
As Mark said: “The people of Agatu are peaceful people. I urge them to hold their peace and remain calm. My desire is to ensure that this crisis is resolved quickly before the next farming season.”