Dozens Killed in Benue State Raid as Violence near Border Region with Nasarawa Intensifies
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Severity: 4 (High)
Source: Drum Cussac
03/16/2015 (Nigeria) – Dozens of people were reportedly killed in Nigeria’s central Benue State on Sunday, 15 March, after gunmen believed to be from the Fulani ethnic group attacked the village of Egba in Agatu Local Government Area (LGA). The assailants, who allegedly came from Loko town in neighbouring Nasarawa State, burned down a number of houses and establishments, as well as crops.
The security environment in Benue State has been marred by recurrent outbreaks of violence between Fulani herdsmen and farmers, mostly from the Idoma and Tiv ethnic groups, over access to land, and underlying communal tensions. Most of the unrest has been concentrated in the border region between Benue and Nasarawa states.
In February 2015, there were reports of a major build-up of armed Fulani herdsmen in Loko town, allegedly in preparation for attacks on farming communities in Benue State. Since there, there have been a number of deadly raids on communities in Benue’s Logo LGA, including in Anyii, the hometown of State Governor Gabriel Suswam. There has been speculation, given the timing of attacks and the connection to Suswam, that the escalation in violence could be linked to the upcoming elections.
While foreign personnel and organisations are unlikely to be directly targeted in such violence, the general climate of instability, violence and uncertainty in the region is negative for the overall operational risk environment. Those operating in or planning to travel to Benue and Nasarawa states should stay abreast of related developments. Operational and personnel security measures should also be continuously reviewed to ensure they remain fit for purpose.
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