Six Dead In Fulani, Igede Youths Crisis

fulaniSix persons have been confirmed dead in a clash between Fulani herdsmen and Igede youths in Oju Local Government Area of Benue State, as herdsmen return down south for grazing during the dry season.

The details of the clash were made known to the Governor of the state, Samuel Ortom when he convened a peace meeting between the warring parties in Otukpo.

The Transition Committee Chairman of Oju Local Government Area, Mr Omenyi said that two of his kinsmen were killed by the herdsmen who also lost four persons in the battle.

Spokesman for the herdsmen in Benue South popularly called Zone C, told the Governor through an interpreter that four of his kinsmen were killed with three of them beheaded and many cattles rustled.

Governor Ortom, who had earlier held a similar meeting with Tiv and Fulani herdsmen in Makurdi, warmed all warring parties against taking laws into their hands by resorting to self help and violence.

Nigerians have been inundated with reports of Fulani herdsmen related violence across parts of the country, especially when the dry season sets in and grazing fields dry up in the north.

It has been recommended that the perennial Fulani herdsmen\indigenous farmers crisis can only be addressed by the provision of grazing routes and ranches.

Appeal Court Nullifies David Mark’s Election

Appeal Court Nullifies David Mark's ElectionA Court of Appeal sitting in Makurdi, Benue State capital, has nullified the election of former senate president, David Mark.

The Makurdi division of the Court of Appeal on Saturday, ordered a re-run of the poll within 90 days.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Benue South, Mr Donald Onjeh had challenged the decision of the National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal, which upheld the victory of Senator Mark of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr Onjeh’s lawyer, Adetunji Oso, also urged the Appellate Court to allow his appeal and set aside the decision of the Tribunal.

He said the court erred when it held that the papers tendered by his client were mere documentary hearsay.

The documents, according to Mr Oso, demonstrated that while the collation of results for the Benue South senatorial district’s election on March 28 was still ongoing in seven of the nine local government areas, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared Senator Mark winner of the poll.