Agatu massacres

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Agatu massacre
Part of Herder–farmer conflicts in Nigeria
Nigeria Benue State map.png
Location of Benue State in Nigeria
LocationAgatu, Benue State, Nigeria
DateFebruary - March 2016[1][2]
Attack type
Massacre[2]
Deaths300-500
VictimsSeveral thousand (at least 7000 displaced)
Suspected perpetrators
Fulani gunmen & militia

The Agatu attacks and massacres occurred in Agatu, Benue State,[3][4][5] began in late February 2016 and continued for several days into March.

Background[edit]

Agatu is in the State of Benue close to Nigeria's centre, where several different ethnic groups meet.

Possible motives and causes[edit]

It is believed that the attack was committed in retaliation for the killing of the Fulanis' cows.[6]

Former Senate President Mark also pointed out that the Benue South senatorial district were his constituents and hinted at a possible political motivation for these attacks.

Aftermath[edit]

According to the Nigerian politician Senator David Mark, over 500 have been killed.[7][8] However, this number has been disputed. The Inspector General of Police (IGP) said as reported by Punch Nigeria newspaper that ”I was around, I travelled to Benue State, I did not see where 300 people were buried.”[9][10]

Afterwards, several small scale attacks continued through Benue state and central Nigeria.[11]

Senator Mark later claimed he was fortunate to escape an ambush by suspected assailants, on a condolence visit to the area.[12]

President Buhari and members of the Nigerian security apparatus were criticised for their handling of the situation.[13][14][15]

See also[edit]

Nimbo massacre

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Agatu Massacre – It's Time to Do the Right Thing [opinion]". Jul 15 / 2016.
  2. ^ a b 300 confirmed dead as Fulani herdsmen attack communities, Naij.com
  3. ^ Agatu Massacre: Villagers Take Up Arms After Fulani Terrorist Herdsmen Attack. IPN News; 25th May 2016.
  4. ^ Ten villages under siege by Fulani herders. Christian Solidarity Worldwide, 7 Apr 2016.
  5. ^ Agatu: Beyond human comprehension, as more attacks likely without government’s quick actions. On March 14, 2016, 8:04 pm. Vanguard Nigeria.
  6. ^ EXCLUSIVE: Why we struck in Agatu — Fulani herdsmen. Premium Times, March 19, 2016; by Emmanuel Mayah, Sani Tukur and Hassan Adebayo.
  7. ^ Over 500 killed in Agatu “genocide” — Ex-Senate President David Mark. March 12, 2016
  8. ^ Over 500 killed in Agatu ‘genocide’ – David Mark, The Eagle Online.
  9. ^ Agatu killings: Death toll blown out of proportion – Arase. Published March 12, 2016.
  10. ^ Agatu killings: IGP condemns exaggerated figures; Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. New Telegraph. Posted on Mar 11 2016 - 1:55pm by Dan Atori. Archive, from the original on 11 feb 2017.
  11. ^ Nigeria: Hundreds killed and churches burned in latest Fulani massacre; Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today. 08 April 2016.
  12. ^ #AGATUMASSACRE | David Mark, Others Narrowly Escape Fulani Attack in Agatu. Reports Afrique on March 12, 2016 at 12:40 pm.
  13. ^ Agatu killings and Buhari’s moral weakness, Punch Nigeria; March 24. 2016
  14. ^ Agatu killings: Benue lawmakers blast Buhari, Dambazu. By Ameh Comrade Godwin on March 18, 2016; Punch Nigeria (Punchng.com).
  15. ^ Agatu Massacre: Victims accuse Buhari’s govt of insensitivity


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External links[edit]

Tragedy struck again 4th March, 2018 in Omusu village,Ojigo ward in Edumoga, Okpokwu local government area of Benue state as suspected herdsmen unleash terror of their victims leaving 26people; including and children, dead just a day after president Muhammad Buhari promise to visit the state.[1]

  1. ^ 26 killed as herdsmen sack Benue village in fresh attack. Vanguard, March 07, 2018; by Peter Duru.