Monday, 18 April 2016

Fulani herdsmen to pay Benue farmers N100bn for damage

Farmers in of Tyoshin community in the Gwer-West Local Government Area of Benue state have opened a case in a Makurdi High Court seeking N100 billon from six Fulani herdsmen for destroying their farms.

The plaintiffs, led by Mr Shuwem Mnguduguen, alleged that six Fulani herdsmen simply identified as,  Alhaji Doka, Alhaji Danka, Alhaji Shagari, Alhaji Dogo, Alhaji Ilo and Alhaji Ibrahim – destroyed their farms and land, demanding that the trespassers should pay them N100bn. 

Justice Morris Ikpambese while granting the motion brought by the counsel for the plaintiffs ordered that the writ of summons be served on the respondents by substituted means.

He said the writ of summons should be served in the office of the chairman, civilian joint task force on the Tiv-Fulani affairs in Benue and Nasarawa states in the premises of the office of the deputy governor of the state. 

The judge equally said the summons should also be served by pasting same on the notice board of the High Court of Justice, Makurdi, adding that he was satisfied with the submission of the plaintiff’s’ counsel that efforts made to effect direct service on the respondents had proved abortive as shown by the exhibit before the court. 

According to Punch newspaper, the Fulani herdsmen started attacking communities in the Gwer-West LGA in 2011 which left 17 communities destroyed while unspecified number of houses, farms and stores of harvested crops were destroyed. 

Recall that OPC members had threatened a reprisal attack on Fulani herdsmen following the killing of their memeber, Ayodele Ige in Akure, Ondo state. 

Also, Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, has said the Federal Government must stop the incessant killings of people, particularly farmers, by Fulani herdsmen.

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