EXCLUSIVE: Why we struck in Agatu — Fulani herdsmen

Agatu Kilings

A leader of the Fulani ethnic group has provided a detailed insight into why his people attacked the Agatu people of Benue, sacking several communities and killing hundreds.

In an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Saleh Bayeri, the Interim National Secretary of Gan Allah Fulani Association, rose in defence of his kinsmen, saying the February bloody conflict in Benue was a reprisal attack by his people against the Agatus who he accused of killing, in 2013, a prominent Fulani man.

Gan Allah Fulani Association is an umbrella body of Fulani associations in Nigeria.

Mr. Bayeri said the killing of the man reverberated amongst every Fulani in West Africa.

He insisted that the Agatu farmers were aggressors shedding crocodile tears, and wondered why former Senate President, David Mark, was only just realising the meaning of genocide.

Mr. Mark, a one-time military governor of Niger State, was last week Friday attacked by suspected Fulani herdsmen who ambushed his convoy in Agatu where he had gone for an on-the-spot assessment of losses of lives and properties.

In February, 10 Agatu communities were razed and hundreds, including women, children and the elderly, were reportedly massacred by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Mr. Mark, who represents the area in the Senate, had described the killings as genocide.

Although the Nigerian Senate last Wednesday blamed Boko Haram insurgents for the mass killings in Agatu, Mr. Bayeri said the attacks were orchestrated by Fulani herdsmen in revenge of the killing of one of their leaders by Agatu people three years ago.

The Fulani leader said about 20 Agatu and Tiv militia, on April 20, 2013, invaded the compound of one Shehu Abdullahi, killing him and carting away over 200 cows.

According to him the Police in the area “arrested four of the attackers carrying some of the meat on their motorcycle and they were taken to Naka police station”.

Mr. Bayeri also said 16 of the attackers abandoned their motorcycles and ran away and the police took the motorcycles to the station.

He said the police confirmed to Fulani leaders that they knew where 150 of the cows were kept and the “Divisional Police Officer promised to recover and return the cows, but up till today, nothing has happened,” Mr. Bayeri said.

The Fulani leader narrated how a dangerous point was reached in the crisis between the Agatu people and Fulani three days after the murder of Mr. Abdullahi and the stealing of his cows.

“A prominent Fulani leader, Ardo Madaki, was invited to the palace of the district head of the area on the grounds that a solution was being sought to the problem.

“However, the Agatu militia beheaded Ardo right in front of the district head.

“This action reverberated across all Fulani people in the whole of West Africa and the clamour for revenge began to grow strong. He comes from a very well respected clan and the Agatu sent the Fulani a chilling message with his murder,” he said.

“Till date, no action was taken, even by the village police station on this murder,” he said.

He also said the Fulani have records of how the Agatu killed over 300 of their people, adding, “but because we don’t have people in government or the media, no one said anything when genocide was being carried out against our people”.

Mr. Bayeri called on government to set up an independent judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the killings of the said 300 Fulani.
“We have a full inventory of all the Fulani people killed by Agatu and we would produce the evidence as long as the inquiry commission is not under the National Assembly

“We have no confidence in the national assembly because of the overriding influence of the former Senate President David Mark, who knew how the Fulani were being massacred and did nothing but use his influence to cover it up.

“The Sultan of Sokoto was in Benue state three times trying to find a solution to the problem, but David Mark never came once or even sent a representative

“Is it now that he knows the meaning of genocide. Where was he when over 300 Fulani were killed in his area?” he asked.

Benue lawmakers threaten self-help

Mr. Bayeri spoke to PREMIUM TIMES hours before members of the House of Representatives from Benue State addressed journalists in Abuja, condemning the Federal Government over the attacks on the Agatu communities.

The lawmakers threatened to resort to self-help should the Federal Government allow the attacks to fester.

“If the Federal Government does not stop its lukewarm attitude towards finding solution to the killings, we may be forced to mobilise our people to defend ourselves,” Emmanuel Orker-Jev, who led the lawmakers to the briefing,said.

Other lawmakers -Benjamin Wayo, Udende Memga, John Dyegh, Terseer Gbilla, Awwulu Ezekiel, Adamu Entonu, Christian Abah, Samson Okwu, Hembe Herman, Dickson Dominic – took turns to condemn the attacks and demanded action from the government.

On Friday, PREMIUM TIMES published a special report featuring horrifying details uncovered during a week-long investigation of the killing in Agatuland.

We reported how most of the communities had been destroyed and burnt down, while farmlands had been turned to grazing grounds for cattle.

But the human cost is even more devastating.

At the time our reporter visited, while many charred bodies still littered the deserted communities, living had become difficult for thousands who luckily escaped and were now taking refuge in neighbouring towns of Apa and Otukpo.

There were complaints by the displaced persons that no help had come from the National Emergency Management Agency.

That point was reiterated by one of the lawmakers, Mr. Dominic, at Friday’s press briefing.

He recalled that the National Assembly passed a resolution asking that people who escaped attacks from Agatu be recognised as internally displaced persons to enable them to get adequate attention.

“But they are still not getting attention,” the lawmaker said.

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  • mumu president.

    Buhari is sh#tt,sh#t is buhari,d man is a complete waste of space.

    • amazing2012

      …just as your father, oops you are bast..d just as your mother oops she is mad. Just like your life oops it is cursed, just like….. Short of word !!!

      • mumu president.

        U little piece of sh#tt go get a life as useless as uselesshari.

  • Maria

    Was it the same reason they have been killing people in the south south, south east and south west? I have advocated let Nigerians arm themselves against these useless invaders called fulanis and ambush them and their cows whenever they attempt to graze on your farm. The killed your leader, policee arrested some of the killers…yet you went to wipe out many villages? Fulanis are what in Nigeria? These useless bastards must be banned from the south. Fulanis I dare you to bring your cattle to our village…you all will meet your waterloo.

    • Ochon

      You sound reasonable and objective this time. Nice piece

    • amazing2012

      Id..t where is your village ?

      • Maria

        Come there…animals like you…your blood will be licked by dogs. You useless terrorists…you think Nigeria belongs to you? So, using cattle grazing is another way to wipe out innocent people?

        • amazing2012

          are you afraid ? mention your village now !

          • Otile

            Shame on you, killer. Why do you want to know her village?

          • amazing2012

            Killer ? Cursed English slave anti Christ ! Who killed more than you ? How many Muslims have your organizations killed ? You think is not known, pagan !

          • Otile

            I think you are drunk with brukutu. In West Africa who has killed more than the Fulani, who has hated more that the Fulani, who has usurped more land than the Fulani, who has imposed their will on others more than the Fulani?

            The marauding Fulanis hide under Islam to commit all kinds of atrocities. Good jihad my foot.

          • amazing2012

            Christians Crusaders (Jihadists) have killed more than any body. muslims does nort drink alcohol because we did not believe Jesus change water to burukutu !

          • Otile

            Yeah, Mohammedans do not drink alcohol. Do Mohammedans not carry 2 kettles one for water, one for alcohol? Why did Hajiya Maryam Abacha berate Jery Boy Useni for allowing her husband drink himself to stupor all the time? Do you think we don’t know these things?

          • amazing2012

            Cursed english slave and antichrist : there you go ! so Abacha is islam ? is it is so then all the beer factories represent christianity because they are made by christians. I am sure you are beer joint with your prostitute because it is the true sign of christians !! weekend in hell !!!

          • Otile

            Accursed Son of Ishmael, you see, you can no longer use Al Taqiyya to deceive people. You swore by the Qur-an that Mohammedans do not drink alcohol, but when I cited authentic cases of 2 kettles, and Muslim Abacha drinking copiously you changed the topic, now talking about prostitutes, weekends, beer joints, and hell. Islam is bad.

          • amazing2012

            cursed english slave antichrist. Islam mean submission to one God. the same god jesus submits to and now you are insulting him. Daft read the book God is not a Christian by Arch Bishop Desmund Tutu.

          • We were born free

            The topic is criminal Fulani bandits killing other Nigerians not this AntiChrist. You Islamist knows how to talk nonsense and divert attention. Since you bandit is Islamist what concern you with the so called Christians your criminal Fulanis are killing on a daily basis?.

          • We were born free

            You cannot deceive people all the time, Your time is up.

          • Otile

            Don’t deviate from the real issue which is that you Fulanis are mass murderers. Stop bringing in extraneous distractions. Your master Imam Mohamed must do something to curb Fulani blood thirst lest there will be free-for-all fight in Nigeria. Don’t hide under Islam to commit murderous atrocities any more. Ka ji ko?

      • Otile

        Accursed son of Ishmael, watch your nunu mouth. If you insult her again thunder will strike your pig head. She made a reasonable point, instead of apologizing you insulted her. Shut up you dirty rotten mouth. She and I may call each other names but if you mistake that and try to insult her we shall go after you. Dan iska.

        • amazing2012

          Cursed English slave: “she made a reasonable point”. I think you are drunk (it is weekend, Christians days of committing sin). She said ” I dare you to bring your cattle to our village…you all will meet your waterloo” Does this make sense to you ?
          then I simply ask her or him where is your village ? What is wrong here ?. When you are killing them in Plataeu, Benue, Nasarawa and steal their cows, you think to you will go unpunished ?
          Agatu has killed them in hundreds and eaten their cows and now they pay for it.
          He who killed by the sword will surely die by it.

          • Otile

            Before you deny your head off, is this not your response to her comment “Id..t where is your village”? Is your “Id..t” a complementary word? Why can’t you murderous Fulanis admit your faults and let peace reign?

            Apologize to her and close the matter. Ba ruwana.

    • Jakadiya

      In 2013 Fulanis were massacred and their cows stolen. Three years later nothing is being done or said because it’s a normal thing. Now there is reprisal and you’re blaming Fulanis instead of blaming the previous government for inaction on such a sensitive issue.

      • Otile

        So what is Buhari doing about the Fulani massacres other than blaming them on Boko Haram?

        • Jakadiya

          You are daft. Buhari has never blamed anybody. Some mischief makers at the National Assembly blamed the attack on Boko Haram. Put your brain in gear before you open your mouth. Ok?

  • NamesAre4Tombstones

    The people of Benue should arm themselves. Simple.

    • amazing2012

      You can only win a war with those who wish to live ! Goat !!

      • NamesAre4Tombstones

        Ho does that make you a goat?

  • McAlfred Uta

    At least the Fulani leader was honest in accepting the evil they perpetrated in Agatu. Some people in high places would rather attribute it to Boko Haram or any other amorphous group. Truth be told, Fulani’s are licensed to carry AK 47 to protect their cows. This being the case the AK 47 can be used to kill humans in Taraba, Benue or Plateau. In Zamfara where stronger elements rustle and kill Fulani cows, the Nigerian Army is called in to help kill the bandits and recover the cows. Lesson, if you have a grouse better take up arms and be respected, otherwise use peaceful agitation and be doomed.

    • Ochon

      Gbam!

    • amazing2012

      Gbam !

    • umolu

      Yes. It is more honorable to die standing on my feet than on my knees. In a make believe country like Nigeria especially at this time more than at anything other time in our life time , leaving your protection to the police or the army for that matter is illusionary. Even in efficient systems you are told to help yourself before the police come in.That is why I like where I live at the moment, I am legally armed to the teeth. Give me liberty or give me death.

  • Lanre

    People go to war when all means of resolving a crisis have been exhausted. This excuse by the Hausa-Fulani Cattle herders is untenable anywhere in the world. First of all, you are not on your own land. Do you people understand that? Or is it because the Retired Security Personnel arming you guys have assured you nothing will happen and that you are granted immunity from prosecution?
    This is is the way and manner communities world wide have been run over. Taken over and never to belong to their original owners, ever again. Without world powers helping the Yezidi in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State Warriors would have succeeded not only in killing them, but in permanently destroying their Society. Go and ask the Christians in Lebanon and the Middle-East. Matter of fact, right here in Nigeria, ask the Christian indigenous population in Borno and Yobe states.
    The Benue House of Representatives members are engaging in what is called Dogo Turenchi. Your lands have been and will be taken over by the marauding Hausa-Fulani Muslim Invaders. They have the sympathy of the leadership in Abuja and there is nothing you can do. The Governor wants his allocation every month from Abuja. The Senators want their monthly allocation and benefits. They don’t care if their people are killed in the process. This is their turn to enjoy the Nigerian national cake. Welcome to Nigeriastan.
    As for the Hausa-Fulani Cattle Herders, my message is very clear. Keep your herd on your lands. Stop roaming around like nomadic people and destroying other people’s properties. A war becomes a necessity when all alternatives have been exhausted and the heritage, culture and society of a people are about to be wiped out.

    • amazing2012

      Ok so the excuse of killing them is acceptable ? Why up to today igbos are bitter and taking reterliation on innocent people for a conflict that took place over 40years ?
      Keeping writing stu..dity and people will keep dying !
      Had it problem has been address this problem will never happen.

      • Lanre

        You Bastrd. Did Falae kill any Hausa-Fulani cattle herder? Do you know what the role of the police is? You muthafucka. Why don’t you self-identify and let me know how to address you. Scum. I am Yoruba. Who or what are you. Answer me NOW or shut yourself up and never respond till you are buried six feet under. Fcking Bastrd.

    • Jakadiya

      Your reasoning is like that of a distance learning student. Any Nigerian can reside and acquire land anywhere in Nigeria, right? There’s freedom of movement, right? If any Fulani man commits any crime there are law enforcers, right? She you take the law into your hand you should expect tit for tat.

      • Lanre

        You are very stpid. Go and ask Obasanjo and Tinubu those questions. They are the ones that put me (a Yorubaman) in the same environment with marauders, killers, paedophiles and rapists. Continue taking your cattle everywhere and killing the owners of the land. After sometime, you would have succeeded in the aspirations of your leader Ahmadu Bello. Goodluck.

        • Jakadiya

          Chai! I was taking your post seriously until you ended with “Goodluck”, that’s when I summed you up as a first grade trash.

  • Owenz

    Why is the cretin Saleh Bayeri not under arrest? Here is a man who confessed to being privy to the massacre. PMB promised Nigerians security and that should not be limited to BH. His Fulani people masquerading as herdsmen are engaged in systematic killings and destruction all over the country. What a menace!

    • Jakadiya

      Did the police arrest the perpetrators of the 2013 massacre?

  • Chidi

    Agatu’s rise up. You enemy can not over power you.
    They are afraid of you that is why they choose to attack you when you are deep in sleep.
    Stand up, dust off the dusts from yourself, get armed, get trained, get ready.
    If you wants peace attack the fulanis when everything has calm down.
    Go and take your fathers land.
    No fulani can overpower you.
    Wake up and fight. Those fulanis kill them all off!

    • Danjuma

      THE AGATUS CANNOT DO IT ALONE. IT WILL BE SUICIDAL. THEY NEED TO ALLY WITH OTHER AFFECTED PEOPLE IN OTHER GEOPOLITICAL ZONES SS, SE, SW AND THE REST OF NC

      • Nazerine

        Correct! One LGA cannot fight a whole major ethnic group who were openly supported by the President of the country, Buhari.

    • Jakadiya

      And the Fulani leader that was beheaded and cows stolen should just be forgotten?

      • Otile

        Must you therefore take the laws into your own hands and let Nigeria go to blazes? What kind of lawless tribe are you Fulanis? See how Buhari is running the country with reckless abandon, unfortunately fools_and slaves are cheering him.

        • Jakadiya

          When the Agatus killed the hundreds of Fulanis and stole their cows in 2013, what did the Agatus do then? taking the laws on their head?

      • FactsandFigures

        His death does not warrant this level of massacre.

        • We were born free

          That was a fat lie believe me. these people can lie (Taqiyya) but they are deceiving themselves .

        • Jakadiya

          Agreed. My concern is that it is when our law enforcement officers and judges compromise that such things happen. For instance, when a careless Fulani man encroaches into a farm he should be made to pay adequately. But when police arrest them, money is collected and they are set free. Where the case reaches the court, the judge is bribed and the Fulani goes free. The offended community gets agitated and take the law into their own hands and the Fulanis hit back. If our security personnel and judges are doing their jobs this nonsense cannot continue to take place. I’m not happy with the situation but we should look at the case objectively by analyzing the immediate and remote causes of such avoidable carnage.

          • FactsandFigures

            There is miscarriage of justice everywhere…..it is a national malaise. If the farmers view their crops as on same level as the herdsmen view their cattle….there will be no community left in this country. I do not see the government doing anything soon to prevent future re-occurrence…..the national solution being touted(grazing reserves) does not have enough political will to see it through. We will continue to see more of these clashes.

          • Jakadiya

            Corruption is our problem. Nobody should be above the law. I had a similar experience where Fulani children strayed their cows into my farm. The damage wasn’t much anyway. I reported the case to the village head and later to police. When the Fulani elders came I was compensated and they were warned. I know very well that the Fulani children can be mischievous and stupidly arrogant if they so wish. May be due to lack of education, both western and religious. The present government promise to provide grazing land, let’s hope they do. I’m a Fulani man.

          • FactsandFigures

            Sometimes, I wonder if this menace by the herdsmen have always been there …..or we are more sensitized to it because info is more readily available. The herdsmen in my youth were very polite and will always respond when you say “Sanu”. When you see them shepherding their cows, you simply move to the other side of the road. They did not destroy farmlands. There were even more farmlands then. What is going on? Do you have a theory?

          • george

            The looming catastrophe is better avoided than allowed to degenerate. With all sincerity, a man grazing his cattle on a farmland should be more aware that he has transgressed. This is a common sense. Can any Fulani take his cows to Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Limited for grazing? Ineptitude of subsequent governments in Nigeria have mainly contributed to this problem. The complain is not only in Benue but across the Southern Nigeria. Let us remember that these herdsmen have destroyed farmlands cultivated by men, women and families through hard labour. Should an individual open his eyes to see his labour destroyed? These farms are the only means of survival for these people. These people believe in food for the belly first. Afterall, an hungry man is an angry man!

          • Jakadiya

            I fully agree with you. The Fulani boys can be so stubborn and mischievous. I’m a victim even though I’m Fulani myself. They can be so useless and reckless. In my own case I was compensated. It is because the law enforcement agents and our judiciary are corrupt, that is why the host communities may end up taking the laws into their own hands. Throughout Africa, there are internationally recognized grazing routes but the Fulanis flout them.

      • dhepo

        Jakadiya so you justify the killing of 1 fulani man to the massacre of 500 women and children and sacking and burning of about 5 to 8 villages?

        • Jakadiya

          Correction please. The Fulanis were killed in hundreds as reported by PT. I hate killings and killers. To be objective, my take is that it is when our law enforcement officers and judges compromise that such things happen. For instance, when a careless Fulani man encroaches into a farm he should be made to pay adequately. But when police arrest them, money is collected and they are set free. Where the case reaches the court, the judge is bribed and the Fulani goes free. The offended community gets agitated and take the law into their own hands and the Fulanis hit back. If our security personnel and judges are doing their jobs this nonsense cannot continue to take place. I’m not happy with the situation but we should look at the case objectively by analyzing the immediate and remote causes of such avoidable carnage.

      • umolu

        You are worst than a moron. We Agatu people close to a decade now don’t eat cow meat The river Benue banks and its tributaries provide us with enough fish.We also grow goats and chickens like many other Nigeria tribes. SO, the question of stealing fulani cattle is nonesense ,to do what with their cattle? We are not lazy fat ass hausa /fulani corrupt and nepotism depent maggots.When it suits them they evoke federal character or quota system. Your membership of this country has been a drain and a drag.

        • Jakadiya

          Hmm. You forgot the other profession of the Agatus. Okpoto, ashawo. You better advise your women to upgrade their prostitution style from serving wheel barrow pushers to the Ibo grade.

          • umolu

            Now that you have been cornerd , you start running from Pilar to post. I have seen first hand in Kaduna, Kano and Katsina , how hausa / fulani women in the thick of darkness are been ‘laid’ from their behind by Ibo traders for peanuts.They wear their head to toe black dress all in disguise, but they are more wayward than any other. And they include the underage. And how are we sure you are not a product of prostitution?

          • Jakadiya

            The girls know that what they are doing is sinful, the reason why the get fucked under the cover of darkness. The Ibo prostitutes do get fucked in broad daylight, even under bridge or nearby bushes. The Ibos have accepted prostitution as part of their culture. History books have it that a typical Ibo woman must prostitute for a minimum number of years for her to accumulate enough money to buy a husband. That’s why they get married very late in life. Shamelessly, when you go to an Ibo prostitute she’ll tell you not to come at certain time of the day because her fiancée will be coming at that time. I mean Ibo prostitute renting in a ramshackle roadside hotel room. The one with “class” are not different. They can give a very good blow job, at higher price, anyway.

      • Chidi

        More fulanis will be beheaded so that you their slaves will shit and piss in your sokotos when we march against you!

        • Jakadiya

          Cannibal.

  • Excisionist

    ““This action reverberated across all Fulani people in the whole of West Africa and the clamour for revenge began to grow strong. ” by Fulani leader

    This is absolute nonsense. The Agatus are only the latest in a series of atrocities by Fulani herdsmen and their sponsors running back decades. The Fulanis are feeding their cattle on people’s farms, in Plateau, in Benue, in Enugu, in Cross Rivers, in Rivers, in fact in the four geopolitical zones NC, SS, SE and SW). They do it with impunity. When the farmers ask them to go away Fulani herdsmen respond by attacking them and killing many. Fulani herdsmen have razed towns and villages in Plateau, in Nassarawa, in Benue and recently in Enugu state. Did the farmers in those areas kill their leader. Of course not. The main reason is that they want free hand in feeding their cattle on farms. Even when no one challenges them, they still rob rape, maim and kill, may be for fun.

    Shame on NASS for attributing the attack to Boko Haram.

    “If the Federal Government does not stop its lukewarm attitude towards finding solution to the killings, we may be forced to mobilise our people to defend ourselves,” Benue law maker

    I can say that this is too little too late. Of course the government will not do anything. So the sooner you begin to protect your people, the better. You need to contact law-makers from other affected geopolitical zones and put heads together for joint action. That is what will stop Buhari. Fulanis and Muslims do not have any feeling. They only laugh at you when you complain about your problem with them.

    YOU SHOULD COORDINATE NATION WIDE DEMONSTRATION AS A FIRST STEP.

    • Jakadiya

      Try killing any Fulani and stealing his cows again. You’ll prefer to relocate to Burundi.

  • Darlynstar

    Benue state should get arms and send these fulani packing…enough of waiting for buhari

  • Excisionist

    TIME FOR A NATION WIDE DEMONSTRATION

    The Elders and community leaders across the country (villages, towns, local governments, states and geopolitical zones ) should as a matter of urgency organize demonstration against:

    – The atrocities of Fulani herdsmen

    – The indifference of the Buhari administration

    – the complicity of the Interior Minister Adulrahman Danbazau

    – The insensitivity of the Buhari administration in policy and action

    So far only the Enugu state women have demonstrated against the atrocities of Fulani herdsmen, Did Buhari hear? No of course. After Agatu, next villages that was sacked was in Enugu state – Iboland. So all hands should be on deck – men, women, children, young and old ACROSS THE COUNTRY, (especially in North Central, South-South, South-West and South-East geopolitical zones)

    Efforts should be intensified to get the attention of the international community

    If Buhari does not listen, there are further steps to take

    But now –

    Demonstration ! Demonstration !! Demonstration !!!

    • umolu

      Good write up. People outside the Hausa/fulani enclave should also stop buying cow meat .This economic blockage could stop them from marauding their cattle everywhere .If people don’t buy their cattle, they will get the message that they are not wanted anywhere. There are many alternatives to cow meat. Also communities could poison their grass to kill the cattle when they eat them and then we will see where we go from there. It may appear crude but the end justifies the means.Hard times demand harsh solutions .

      • Otile

        My brother, this is a sweeping measure. I don’t support you on this. We want them to behave themselves and practice live and let live. The root cause of their arrogance, intimidation, and murderous tendencies is laziness. If they can go to school and work hard they will not need to intimidate, dominate, and kill off other people in order to steal their belongings.

        • umolu

          Like I said hard time demand harsh solutions. I wouldn’t wish you what has befallen me in Agatu.If you get close to been in my shoes …………

  • Nazerine

    South-East and South-South should get prepared and buy more AK 47s because Fulani Militia men are now heading to the zones with active connivance of Muhammad Buhari. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

    • Jakadiya

      Try killing a Fulani man and see what happens to you. Start the battle and see where it takes you. I thought you’ll ask for an enquiry to visit the 2013 incidence before jumping to conclusion.

      • Otile

        Don’t boast your head off or try to trample on other tribes because your tribesman took up power. Remember the people you are killing left and right gave your Imam the power he is now misusing.

        • Jakadiya

          What happened to the 2013 murder of hundreds of Fulanis and beheading of their leader. Nobody gave a hoot. Did GEJ misused his position then?

      • We were born free

        Stop talking nonsense, when it start Fulani people will find themselves to blame .

        • Jakadiya

          I challenge you to kill a Fulani man and see what happens to your community. We may overlook it now but revenge must come even after 1,000 years. Take my words.

    • Mafar_Ka

      I don’t think you need Fulani men to kill you down south, you’re doing well against yourselves on daily basis in Rivers and elsewhere. I think you and your kinsmen should actually intensify call on the President to save you from yourselves, starting with tighter gun control.

  • Nazerine

    By the way, what have American and British governments said about the Agatu genocide.

    • Jakadiya

      And what have the Americans and British said about the 2013 killings and beheading right in front of a traditional ruler?

      • Otile

        What is Imam Mohamed Buhari doing about this particular pogrom under his watch?

        • Jakadiya

          What did GEJ do in 2013 when the hundreds of Fulanis were killed and their cows stolen?

          • Julius

            He has no answer to that. He lack the capacity to think that far . I guess we didnt have a president in 2013. By the way, that may be true. The clueless dr.probably didnt know what happened then.

          • Otile

            It is very annoying when you try to attack me in your bad English. We can forgive your poor reasoning because you lack the capacity to think; but brush up your English before you try. E gbo mi nko?

      • growthengine

        Why cant Buhari arrest all the killers from 2013 to date both agatu and Fulani, convict them and sentence them to death. How about that. You should be holding Buhari responsible to act, and act fast, before things get out of control. Instead he is killing Ibos, praying in the stadium.

        • Jakadiya

          Ask GEJ why he didn’t do anything in 2013 when the Fulanis were killed and their cows stolen. Let the Ibos gather again under secessionist cover and see what comes next.

          • growthengine

            Fulani can gather and kill, but Ibos should not gather and pray. And women and children killed those Fulanis. First they said 10,000 cows were killed, now its a Fulani man, next what. All the attacks by Fulani in other states too are because the hosts stole their cow. The rape, stealing and killing in Delta, Edo, Enugu, Rivers, Ondo are because of what now.

          • Jakadiya

            You’ve not commented on the 2013 killings.

          • UOU

            You are obsessed with the great Igbos, your time is numbered, be warned!!!!!!!!!!!!1

          • Jakadiya

            Respond to my post. Daft!

          • UOU

            Sure they are paying you, imbecile but you may not live to enjoy the loot, be warned

      • FactsandFigures

        When a traditional ruler was killed in Delta state recently by 3 Fulanis, did his kinsmen go to war killing and beheading women and children? Historically, Fulanis have a long memory and do not forget/forgive easily. Whether the slight is to them and/or their cows they will retaliate. It is truly sad that Nigerian Fulanis feel more kinship with their fellow Fulanis outside Nigeria than other Nigerians within. Regardless, now we know the truth…..time will tell how all these will be resolved. Injustice will always lead to intolerance and unnecessary bloodshed.

        • mr S

          I agree with you. This problem emanate from us who think that whatever their tribes men do is right and the collapse of the justice system in this country. The judges takes bribe from the senior advocates before making any pronouncement, wrong or right. In this our case, in the absence of self control, there should be more of these violence all over the country.

        • Jakadiya

          The recent killing in Delta state was not by Fulanis. Go back and read the story again. There was an enemy within but the Fulanis were used as decoy.

          • FactsandFigures

            I did – it all said Fulani herdsmen.

          • Jakadiya

            But remember the hypothesis on certain scuffle on traditional title the reporter tried to build.

        • Gaskiya

          Just say Fulanis are intelligent and have long term memory which can be used for good. Nigerians must find a lasting solution to these combination clashes. All the rubbish people discuss here will only more misery to the parties concerned. The best solution is round the table dialogue. Of Mr President has promised to settle all roaming Fulani so that in two years no Fulani roam the Forest with his heards of cows.

    • umolu

      None of their business. What has the so called president of Nigeria said or done about the genocide

      • Julius

        Wow, what a plot !!. You must have been at the secret meeting when all that was discussed and voted on. Conspiracy theorists you are.

    • Julius

      Why should they be saying anything ? You dont think they have their own issues to deal with ? Why do you people always call on someone else to solve your problems ? Next, you will be calling the UN and the ICC.Nonsense !

  • ibsoken

    Why would they not seek justice through legal means?

    • Jakadiya

      May be you read the report upside down. Didn’t you read what the Fulani leader narrated?

      • growthengine

        Why did the Fulani leader not narrate why their man was killed, it is likely because their cattle destroyed the farmer’s crops. That is what they do all over the south, destroy farmland, rape, steal, kill.

        • Jakadiya

          Why the Fulani leader was killed? If killing the Fulanis and their leaders by the Agatus after stealing their cows is the punishment for farm encroachments, then this is where we find ourselves. It all comes down to both parties taking the laws into their own hands. We should categorically blame the government for not taking any action in 2013 when the incidence first happened.

      • We were born free

        Is Agatu Fulani from Chad, Mali, and Niger land ?.

        • Jakadiya

          The Agatus are half Ibo half Igala. Just like the Ibos that are half human half Orangutan.

          • Julius

            Lmaooooooooooooooooo !!. Was it why Kanu planned to invade the Igala land and make them biafraudians ? Half human half orangutan ke . lolz

          • umolu

            And what is your own 1/2 1/2 ? I guess you are a hybrid of 1/2 hausa / fulani and 1/2 a cow.

          • Jakadiya

            You are damn too right. Never knew you are that intelligent.

    • Burning Spear

      They assosted the CIA to impose Buhari on us–so they do not deserve the sympathy of 9jas

      • Buhari4Ever

        Just like the demons in PDP imposed GEJ on us and we are paying dearly for it today

    • umolu

      What legal means? The courts are almost all in fulani hands.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Only a president with ulterior political motives will elevate political violence above the kind of genocide carried out by Fulani herdsmen in Benue State – Gov. Fayose, so reports Vanguard

    Fayose, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said that it was strange that the same President Buhari who did not utter a word until over 400 Agatu people of Benue State were murdered, swiftly reacted to the reported political violence in Rivers State from faraway Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

    The governor said: “In Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, Fulani herdsmen allegedly killed over 400 people, including children and pregnant women, destroyed more than 10 villages. President Buhari did not raise his voice against this genocide until I condemned his silence.

    “Also in Mile 12, Lagos, when 15 persons, including two children, were killed with property worth several millions of naira destroyed during a clash between Hausa and Yoruba traders, President Buhari did not give the security services any clear directives to deal decisively with anyone.”

    Fred Agbedi of the House of Representatives, Sagbama/Ekeremor, Bayelsa State, yesterday, said that President Buhari was insincere in his actions concerning the violence in Rivers State.

    According to him, President Buhari kept mum on the killings by Fulani herdsmen in Agatu, Benue State, as well as the violence which took place in Bayelsa State during the last governorship election, adding that what happened in Rivers State was a lesser evil.

  • Ayobanna Ikeanumba

    If what this man said is anything near truth then no one should demonize the Agatu saga but call the two parties to a lasting truce. May the souls of the dead rest in peace.

    • Otile

      Who is going to do that? Obviously Buhari is going to defend his tribesmen to the end. What did he do about Mile 12 when the Fulanis marched in the market square on a high noon and beheaded innocent Yorubas?

    • We were born free

      If you believe this story you can believe anything. Last time when one
      of their so called leader were asked about the issue he said in the presence of
      AIG of police Mr Arase that they killed Agatu people because of their
      10,000 cows killed . They are using lies Taqiyya to cover up but they
      cannot deceive any one but themselves.

      • dhepo

        Am surprised too. What we have been hearing was the rustling of their ‘sacred’ and ‘mythical’ now fathom 10,000 cows now it has changed to killing of 300 cattle and one leader in 2014.!! People should employ self defence against them

        • umolu

          YES, SELF DEFENCE AGAINST THE MURDERERS. KILL THEM ON SIGHT ALONG WITH THEIR CATTLE AND DO NOT BUY THEIR COW MEAT ,THEY ARE LACED WITH HUMAN BLOOD AND LET US WAIT AND SEE WHAT THE CHIEF HERDSMAN ,TOILET PRESIDENT BUHARI WILL DO.

    • umolu

      The fulani herdsmen are BEASTS OF NO NATION. Where is their ancestral land? Every Nigeria tribe small or large has ancestral home, where is fulani herdsmen nation? Do they know the concept of nationality? Today they may be in Jos, tomorrow they are in Jebba. Now they are in Damaturu ,next day they are in Douala.Yet the elected president of Nigeria would rather protect them than all other Nigerian tribes. Why? Because he is one of them. His allegiance is to his people. Mr Buhari needs to be impeached if not for the corruption that is Nigeria. The number one job of the president is to protect the citizenry. On this most important job he has failed woefully. Now the representatives of Benue people and other states can make a point of self defense in which case they can legally buy arms to defend themselves.

  • Cleartruth

    I don’t know what benue people are waiting to take up arms and defend themselves. So these fulanis have been waiting for their brother to be in aso rock before they take revenge for the killing of their leader.

  • Omotolaaraujo

    The Fulani are Terrorists. They should not be roaming the countryside.

    • Philip

      they are the ones shielding Boko Haram, its a cover up and an evil agenda, everybody community need to wake up and defend themselves/territory period, if they comes one-two times and meet with stiff resistance, i bet you they will never show up again

  • We were born free

    This is another lie from pit of hell, these Fulani murderers time are up, why have they not picked this man up and get him arrested ? These terrorists are up to something and they will be banned from roaming peoples farm for whatever reason they think if they want to graze they should do that in the North West .

  • forestgee

    Since 2013 they decided to revenge now…because they have someone up there who is either supporting them or keeping quiet

    • Lanre

      Thank you very much. That is the simple solution to this seeming quagmire mathematicians will refer to as Q.E.D [Quod Erat Demonstrandum].

    • Buhari4Ever

      That’s another problem created by GEJ and David Mark for Buhari

      • Julius

        Yes, indeed.

      • Otile

        Is there anything that you Islamists don’t blame Dr Jonathan for? Is there anything you say that your fellow Islamists don’t agree with you? Even when you blaspheme your co-islamists will echo ‘Yes indeed’ then you will become fat and happy. Birds of the same feather flock together.

    • Julius

      Who was the president in 2013 ? Why wasnt anything done to resolve the issues then ? by your logic, does it mean that hey have someone up there who was either supported them or kept quiet ?

      • Damilola

        You will support anyti, just in the name of your new found lover and not common sense or reasoning. That man claimed they have no people in power or media. I’m sure u will nod at that till someone ask u to look back at Nigeria in 56 years. This people ruled for over 45yrs, yet they have no voice. NTA, Channels, and other leading TV, Radio stations, news paper and online platforms are flooded by these peoples’ kinsmen in leadership positions of various capacities. They also have the BBC Hausa Channel. Yet they have no voice. I remember Enwezi when he said, news is not patronage, to be in the news u have to make the news. It doesn’t matter u know someone in the media before ur story is told.

        That being told, for u seeming to justify an act of revenge from someone’s hallucination of an event in 2013, three years ago, u can belief and throw stones on anything ones it fit into the idiocy of ur new found god. As the man u replied asked, why wait till now to stage a “strike back”? Buhari is a nomad, I don’t think he would do anyti to compromise his blood. Get that? And that in part just lay credence to the fact that the mallam is just a blatant irony of what they made him to seem in public; no honor or integrity, just plain bigotry and selfishness.

        • Julius

          Point out where I said that I support that barbaric acts. I really dont have time reading your essay. You started out wrongly by implying that I supported a cold blooded murder. You yapping thru your stinking anus instead of answering my salient question which is, Why wasnt anything done to resolve the issues then ? Dont bother answering that. Bye !

          • Damilola

            Calm ur nerves and go back to what ur ego impeded u from reading, there u will find ur ans. Only if you can read to understand and not just to reply.

          • Otile

            Why do you waste your time responding to that mentally challenged imposter? As an impostor he can’t even pretend well. His dumb reasoning and bad English gives him away all the time.

          • Julius

            hahahahaha, faggot, pretending for what ? You are the bottom bytch, an internet pedo trolling for your boys that is pretending to be what you are not. Bug off, I hate faggots like you with passion. You are a worthless big to me, you are worst that an animal.

      • KBE

        You are very daft. If they did not have the gut and wherewithal to revenge then what does that tells you. It simply means they were not given the space, chance or opportunity to do so. That is effectiveness. People like you don’t think but just support blindly.

        • Julius

          You are simply a moron. Couldnt somebody have been arrested for the barbaric killing in the 1st place ? What is not giving the space, chance or opportunity has to do with the authority response. Stop thinking with your anus. You calling a none government response to murder as an act of effectiveness ? You must be joking 1

      • Philip

        kai dan iska kawai, how could support killings of your fellow human being?, mass killings for that matter, i expected a condemnation from your gullible stinking mouth, by the way who give that name Julius, it should have been wawa, maigoro, dan akuya, you are just a retarded person, God is watching you all agent of satan

  • DOD

    Buhari is a Fulani. All Fulanis are killers.

    • Buhari4Ever

      Goat! Do you remember that Fulanis are killers when you eat beef?

      • Otile

        Are you therefore saying that Fulanis should continue killing? Are you not going to condemn the killing that took place at Mile 12 when the Fulanis wandered into town in the market square on a high noon and beheaded innocent Yorubas? Ifa Orumilla pa won oo.

  • growthengine

    Is this not worse than Darfur and Chibok girls, and I bet this will not be the last we hear about Herdsmen attack.

  • amazing2012

    Check the utube you will see the video in which Agatu’s burnt Fulanis alive !

    • Julius

      I cant watch stuff like that.

    • McOgbuefi

      The Saleh Bayeri didn’t mention the origin or conflicts between locals and Fulani herdsmen. Stop taking your cows into their farmlands. Cursed tribe still roaming the earth when others have settled and built cities.

      In the pasts, Nomads are known as pollinators of traditions and cultural values. The world has changed and they add little or no value to any host communities.

  • Julius

    This sort of things shouldnt be happening in a civilized country. The government must step up both State and Federal government. By the way, I didnt read anything about the state government doing anything to resolve this and bring the perpetrators of this barbaric murderers to Justice.

    • Iskacountryman

      YES… the government failed to deal with the murder of abdullahi and the stealing of his cows…

      • Julius

        No they didnt and havent. Thats the point I was trying to make and some idiots saying I condone murder and supporting Buhari. Dumb ass-holes. There is no justification for murder, none whatsoever on either side. Thank u sir. Respect.

        • Iskacountryman

          keep trying…

          • Julius

            lolz. When I feel like it.

  • Excisionist

    TIME FOR A NATION WIDE DEMONSTRATION

    The Elders and community leaders across the country (villages, towns, local governments, states and geopolitical zones ) should as a matter of urgency organize demonstration against:

    – The atrocities of Fulani herdsmen

    – The indifference of the Buhari administration

    – the complicity of the Interior Minister Adulrahman Danbazau

    – The insensitivity of the Buhari administration in policy and action

    So far only the Enugu state women have demonstrated against the atrocities of Fulani herdsmen, Did Buhari hear? No of course. After Agatu, next villages that was sacked was in Enugu state – Iboland. So all hands should be on deck – men, women, children, young and old ACROSS THE COUNTRY, (especially in North Central, South-South, South-West and South-East geopolitical zones). The demonstration should happen on he same day at the same time in the zones

    Efforts should be intensified to get the attention of the international community

    If Buhari does not listen, there are further steps to take

    But now –

    Demonstration ! Demonstration !! Demonstration !!!

    • Iskacountryman

      so enugu women demonstrated…classic nyamiri strategy to hide behind their women…we are grazing cows on the hills of enugu as i write…and good nyamiris are eating cheap ngwo ngwo and there is no kwarshiokor in eboe land…do you you want kwarshiokor o come back?..demonstration…demonstration…demonstration…just ask your womenfolk to wear pans to the farm…

      • McOgbuefi

        Keep talking. Apparently, you are yet to understand how humans work. Ask the Nazis why they killed the Jews. Ask the Chinese why they killed all Arab immigrants in South China. When people are pushed to the wall, they react. And this time around these communities may go too far by ensuring every Fulani (whether a herdsman or not) is killed or chased out of the communities.
        The army won’t help you then. I can recall what happened in Ama Hausa in Owerri during the Otokoto riot.

        • Iskacountryman

          threaten, bluster and whine…the by word for the eboe…

          • McOgbuefi

            I’m not threatening you. Only telling you the truth. And besides I don’t think I should be here arguing with you. Go take care of your cows.

          • Iskacountryman

            i bet you like ngwo ngwo…

          • McOgbuefi

            No. I don’t like it. I like healthy food. Less red meat and more of fish and vegetable.

          • Iskacountryman

            nyamiri…so you be ogbuefi…

          • Otile

            Name calling is not the solution. Settle down and stop roaming around, robbing, raping, and killing people. Argentina has more cows than Northern Nigeria yet their ranchers do not roam around committing crimes like you people.

          • Iskacountryman

            are we in argentina?

          • Otile

            Do the Argentinians have more intelligence than Nigerians?

          • Iskacountryman

            how do i know…i have never met an argentinian…

  • Truth_Rocket

    This may lead to a circle of violence if an urgent steps ‘re not taking to address the root cause, which must start from the issues that led to the killing of the Fulani leaders and others. The confrontations and counter-confrontations ‘re results of having irresponsible people occupying govts and traditional seats. The wound was left to fester since 2013, which must be taken care of now before it spreads beyond Agatu ethnic group. From the narrative of the Fulani spokesman, the Tiv ethnic group may be next. Where was David Mark when this whole thing started? what was the Governor’s effort at preventing this crises? Our leaders have failed us! Good leaders prevent crises instead of reacting to it. As a people, we should learn to deal with the process, not the outcome. May the soul of the departed rest in peace!

  • Mai Gida Mariama(rtd Col.)

    This man has just rationalized the whole sordid event in one fell swoop. How I wish the people of Agatu and others in Benue would come out to rationalize their slaughter of fleeing Igbos in 1966. How about that for a start?

  • Access Cyber

    David Mark, Maybe a mad man for calling it GENOCIDE, today his people are no longer claiming Northerners as they claimed during Biafra War and killed Biafran women children and old men, David Mark never say its a GENOCIDE but today a mare incident he called it GENOCIDE, The fulanis killed only about 200 person less or more but Biafrans more expecially the Igbos were killed over 7.5 million, they never see it as GENOCIDE today the same sword middle belt used to kill the Igbos with their Fulani Hausa brothers has turned back to them and he is saying Genocide, more will happen there, the cries of the Innocent Biafrans will continue to hunt all parts of nigeria unless Biafra, YOU COULD BE THE NEXT VICTIM, Nigeria soil eats blood daily to satisfy the evil land nigeria

  • Excisionist

    n PT’s Special Report we have the following statement:

    “In a village farm with fresh ridges heralding a new planting season, a young Fulani herder was perched on a cashew tree, his cattle trampling below him.

    Armed with a machete, he was hacking away at the lush branches, felling them to the ground for the animals to feed. The farm owners stood outside their huts and like the passing motorists could only watch helplessly as the cash crop was stripped bare and their yam seedlings destroyed.”

    I don’t know about you but each time I read this portion of the special report, tears begin to flow down my cheek as I sub and sub and sub. Nigerians feel helpless in in their own homes and their farms as invaders sanctioned by Buhari destroy their farmland, their cash crops and their home. On top of this Buhari calls them cattle rustlers and criminals. Are you with me?

    If this is not treason please tell me what is. Buhari is committing treason against the people of Nigeria. He and his accomplices deserve the highest punishment for treason. Those who swore to defend Nigeria ought to realize that the red line has been crossed.

    • Segun

      The worst thing is that all over the country this scenario is being repeated. In Central Nigeria, in the East and the West, people watch helplessly as Fulani herdsmen and their cows devastate their homes and their means of livelihood. It is indeed an existential threat that must be responded to.

  • FRED

    ARROW!! PASS THIS MESSAGE TO ALL NIGERIANS!!
    THOSE FULANI ARMIES OF CONQUEST PRETENDING TO BE CATTLE REARERS/HERDSMEN- FROM HELLNIGERIANS
    NIGERIANS SHOULD OPEN THEIR EYES!!
    THIS IS A TRAP!!!
    ANOTHER EVIL PLAN TO BUILD A PERMANENT MILLITARY BARRACKS FOR THE FULANI-ISLAMIC ARMY
    THESE PEOPLE ARE MOVING SOUTH ALL ACCROSS AFRICA, INCLUDING GHANA AND CONGO THEY LEAVE TRACES OF BLOOD ON THEIR TRAIL
    THEY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE IMPOVERISHED CORRUPTION-WEAKENED UNDER-DEVELOPED RURAL VILLAGES TO WRECK HAVOC WITHOUT CHALLENGE FROM THE HOST COMMUNITY
    QUESTIONS TO ASK——————————-
    1. WILL A FREE BOOZE- FEDERAL CATTLE RANCH STOP THE FULANI ISLAMIC ARMY FROM SNEAKING OUT OF THE RANCH TO RAPE PEOPLE’S MOTHERS AND SISTERS IN YORUBALAND, IBOLAND, OR IJAW AND EDO?
    2.WHO WILL POLICE THESE SAVAGES, WHOSE THIRST FOR BLOOD IS UNMATCYHABLE BY ANY BEAST IN THE WILD?
    3. BUHARI HAS BEEN MAKING COMMITMENTS TO HIS ISLAMIC BROTHERS DURING HIS FOREIGN TRIPS, AND WHO KNOWS WHAT DOCUMENTS HE HAS SIGNED SO FAR(HE HIMSELF MAY NOT HAVE READ WHAT HE SIGNS)?
    4. WITH A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EQUIPED RANCH IN ALL PARTS OF NIGERIA, IT MEAN THE ARRIVAL OF ALL FULANIS FROM THE NORTH AND SAHARA DESERT INTO ALL CITIES IN YORUBALAND AND IBOLAND, AND EDOLAND EVERY OTHER DAY UNTILL THEIR POPULATION SWELLS – SINCE THEY BREED PROFUSELY FASTER THAN THE VILLAGERS. THEY WILL ALSO PREGANT YOUR MOTHERS AND SISTERS.
    5. WHO WILL GUARANTEE THE HEIGIEN, THE WASTE DISPOSAL, LAW AND ORDER, COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, WATER USE, MEDICAL, VETERINARY, ETC. OF THE RANCH, THIS GOVERNMENT MUST BE ”WAKO!!’ UPSTAIRS.
    6. MEANWHILE, HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF THE FULANI DEMANDING FOR A RANCH? THESE PEOPLE ARE NORMADIC IN THEIR BLOOD, AND CAN NNOT CHNAGE.
    7. APC PARTY IS LOOKING FOR A WAY TO SPEND GOVERNMENT MONEY AND GET RICH WITH RANCH CONTRCATS TO THE DTRIMENT OF THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY AND LIVES OF NIGERIANS.
    8. NIGERIANS MUST REMEMBER THAT THE HAUSAS WERE ONCE NORMAL AFRICANS UNTIL THE FULANIS CAME TO THEIR VILLAGES WITH CATTLE AND GRADUALLY ATTACKED THEM AND IMPOSED AN EMIR IN ALL GAUSA LAND. AND TODAY, THE ORIGINAL HAUSAS HAVE BEEN FORCED TO COMPLY AND NOW CONSIDER THEMSELVES PERPETUAL PARTNERS OF THE FULANIS, THEY DO NOT EVEN REMEMBER THEIR HISTORY ANYMORE. ALL THEY CAN TELL YOU IS ABOUT HUSMAN DAN FODIO THE FULANI MAN THAT CONQUERED THEM.
    9. GO TO YORUBA COMMUNITIES IN KWARA STATE TODAY – THEY ARE BEING RULED BY A FULANI EMIR—AND THE HOST COMMUNITY IS RURAL AND HELPLESS.
    ARROW WILL TAKE A TEMPORARY PAUSE FOR THE LOVE OF NIGERIANS MY PEOPLE.