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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Benue N-Power Teachers Still In Shock, Yet To Resume After Fulani Herdsmen Attacks

N-Power teacher volunteers in some local government councils of Benue State are yet resume teaching activities in their respective Places of Primary Assignment following the rude shock they suffered after marauding Fulani herdsmen attacked the area killing dozens of people, a volunteer, Mathias Agum has said.
Series of herdsmen attacks in Benue communities have claimed hundreds of lives in recent times with the latest in early January this year leaving more than 70 persons dead after herdsmen launched violent attack in Benue communities following a dispute with locals over grazing land.

The volunteer, Mathias Agum who teaches in Gbeji town of Ukum local council said they are yet to resume teaching and learning activities in schools in the areas after the attacks that claimed the life of one of his pupil's father.

Mr Agum said: "We are yet to resume. Fulani herdsmen are disturbing in my PPA. Some pupils are taken to different villages and some are not sleeping in the main village.

He noted that not all the areas affected by the attacks are being mentioned in the mainstream media, adding that father of one of his pupils was killed in the attacks.

"In reporting areas affected, Gbeji in Ukum local government area is not mentioned and one of my pupil's dad was killed by Fulani.

He stated that teaching and learning activities can only yield positive result in a conducive environment but regretted that his area is far from being conducive at present.

"According to teaching rules, the environment must be conducive for teaching and learning but now the environment is not conducive.

"I personally used to sleep in a place not distant from my PPA. Two years back many people were killed by Fulani herdsmen after Bishop's visit and nothing was done about it. No security. I'm afraid", the Volunteer said.

Earlier this week, Benue State government organized a mass burial for 72 persons killed by Fulani herdsmen in the State.

Leadership of Fulani herdsmen has reportedly threatened to launch further attacks in the State if the Governor Samuel Ortom-led government fails to scrap its Anti-Open Grazing law that is currently being enforced in the State.

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