Bloody Christmas: 47 persons die in boat mishap; clash between Tiv and Fulani

Clash between Fulani and Tiv in Benue
Clash between Fulani and Tiv in Benue

Makurdi- At least 47 persons were feared dead in two separate incidents in Benue in what appeared to be a bloody yuletide in the state following a clash between Fulani herdsmen and native Tiv farmers at Agasha and a boat mishap on River Buruku, in Buruku local government area.

Saturday Vanguard gathered that seven persons lost their lives at Agasha, Guma local government area of the state in a fresh skirmish between the natives and Fulani herdsmen.

A  reliable source told Saturday Vanguard that the crisis which erupted few days to Christmas spilled into yesterday, leaving seven persons dead while property and farmland worth millions of Naira were also destroyed.

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”The crisis started just few days to Christmas when the herdsmen invaded Nzorov and Gbajimba and from there they moved to Agasha, burning and destroying anything in sight.”

”About seven person may have so far been killed in the fighting,  we are yet to account for some missing persons, but in the next few days, we should be able to come out with an authentic figure of the dead.” the source added.

Meantime, its all wailing and crying in Buruku, after about 40 persons were feared dead in a Boxing Day boat tragedy at River Buruku when the wooden boat conveying them across the river capsized at the middle of the river.

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An aye witness told Saturday Vanguard that, the victims of the mishap were young fun seekers; “They met their untimely death while returning from a picnic on the other side of the river.

”When they arrived the boarding point at about 8pm yesterday,  most of them were drunk, they boarded the canoe and jam packed themselves in the wooden boat against the advise of everyone including the driver that conveyed them.

”Unfortunately, the canoe could not make it to the other side of the river, it capsized at the middle of the river; as I speak to you, bodies of most of the victims are yet to be recovered from the river. When contacted, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Deputy Suprentendent, DSP, Daniel Ezeala confirmed the death of seven persons in the Guma crisis but pointed out that he was yet to get the full details of the Buruku boat mishap.

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5 Responses to "Bloody Christmas: 47 persons die in boat mishap; clash between Tiv and Fulani"

  1. Ojo Abiola
    Ojo Abiola   December 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Fulanis, are gone beyond their boundries in dis country. We all know hw dis “Animal human being” killed so many pple in plateau state. Still yet Govt can’t do anythin to it, terrorist is doing their own Animal fulani are doing theirs’,. wats’ going on in dis nation? I can’t comprehend. Here in western region, they graze their cattle to our farm, in we challenge them they says dey will kill us. Our govt is dormant sleepinp one, maybe we will start to destroy them & their cattle also. Their king cannot caution them dey are all birds of d same feathers, that pluges together. All innocent lives being lost, God will avenge their blood. They are bunch of nonentity.

  2. Best Osayomwanbor
    Best Osayomwanbor   December 28, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    @ Ehi E Ekhator,do did fulanis celebrates christmas?

  3. Lidia Małgorzata Oni
    Lidia Małgorzata Oni   December 28, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    It’s too plenty blood in Africa

  4. Elder Julius
    Elder Julius   December 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Who amongst them is a stranger?.

  5. Porbeni Premowei
    Porbeni Premowei   December 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Is Life the phenomenon? A human’s being is calculatedly framed to survive against the stiffest rarity, his cells to repair and rejuvenate themselves. His body merges effortlessly into its surroundings for protection, and the very atmosphere, the air, is food to his cells. It takes the most vicious lineage of debacle to destroy us, and of course old age. It is not life that is eye-opening, it is Death Almighty.


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