Agatu Killings: Number Of Deaths Exaggerated, I Didn’t See Where 300 People Were Buried When I Visited – Arase

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The Inspector General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has said that the number of people reportedly killed in the recent clash between Agatu people of Benue State and suspected Fulani herdsmen was over exaggerated.

The media was awash with reports over two weeks ago that armed herdsmen sacked Agatu communities, killing over 300 people, including children and pregnant women, while over 7,000 others were said to have been displaced as a result of the crisis.

The Fulani herdsmen accused the Agatu people of triggering the crisis by killing 10,000 of their cattle.

Addressing Stakeholders during a visit to Minna, the Niger state capital, Sunday, Arase said “I was around, I travelled to Makurdi, I did not see where 300 people were buried”.

“If you kill, you don’t just bury; you must take the corpse to the Police station before you bury, we don’t have that number of people”.

The IGP, however, failed to disclose the official casualty figure.

Arase said the Police High command had finalized plans to check the menace of cattle rustling around the country, adding that the police would next week start what he called ‘Metro Patrol’, designed to apprehend cattle rustlers.

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