Fulani herdsmen kill Tiv headmaster, one other

Fulani Herdsmen
Fulani Herdsmen

Suspected armed Fulani herdsmen have killed a primary school headmaster of Tiv extraction at LGEA Primary School, Umalai, Kadarko in Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Mr. Augustine.

The herdsmen also killed an official of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Benue State while working on the petroleum pipeline at Tse Torkula in Guma Local Government Area. Tse Torkula is a border community between Nasarawa and Benue states.

Younger brother of the headmaster, Hon. Matyondo John, told our correspondent that his brother was shot in the head. He said the headmaster’s remains had been deposited at the General Hospital mortuary at North Bank in Makurdi. Matyondo regretted the incessant killings of the Tiv people in Nasarawa State by armed Fulani herdsmen.

He expressed worries over the inability of the security agencies to apprehend the Fulani militia who he said had been carrying out routine killings of innocent people in the state.

The Benue State Police Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who confirmed the killings, disclosed that the NNPC official was on an official assignment in the area. While noting that details on the attack were still sketchy, Owoseni explained that from what he had gathered so far, the attack was carried out by bandits.

The commissioner, who also disclosed that two policemen were killed recently in Ukum Local Government Area, said the problem around the Ukum and Katsina-Ala was purely communal clash and an act of banditry traced to the wanted militia leader, Terwase Akwaza alias Ghana.

He said: “What is happening in Ukum and Kastina- Ala is a pure act of banditry and communal clash which some criminals are taking advantage of. Most acts of banditry taking place in that axis are traced to Ghana.”

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