Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has described the destruction of lives and properties in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State by armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen as barbaric. He called it a genocide against his people.
Speaking, Friday, when he visited the affected areas, Mark said he was shocked beyond words at the extent of destruction he saw Agatu on Friday.
“This is unbelievable and unimaginable. Nothing whatsoever justifies this brazen act of destruction meted out on the people of Agatu. My heart bleeds,” he said.
Mark, who was on assessment tour of the war ravaged communities along with some members of the National and state Assembly from his Benue South constituency, urged security operatives to do all that is needed to bring the perpetrators to book.
He said that the attacks could not have happened by accident but a planned and orchestrated genocide against his people of Agatu.
About 10 communities have been razed down to the rubbles while no fewer than 500 lives have been lost to the recent hostilities .
The former President of the Senate also visited one of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps located in Apa Local Government Area where he counselled the victims to remain calm as authorities would do the needful to ameliorate their situation.