The paramount ruler of Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State, Chief Daniel Abomtse, has alleged that over nine villages in the state, including the village of the Chairman of the Traditional Council of Chiefs, the Tor Tiv, Dr. Alfred Torkula, have been invaded by insurgents disguising as Fulani herdsmen.
The monarch said this spoke with The Eagle Online on Wednesday morning in a telephone chat.
Abomtse said: “As I speak with you, Fulani insurgents have taken over the village of Tor Tiv.
“His Royal Majesty, Dr. Alfred Akawe Torkula, can no longer attend burial and other functions in his community.
“They walk freely with guns and all I know is that the invasion is a conspiracy against Tiv people and Benue community.
“These insurgents, who disguise as herdsmen, confiscate everything belonging to our people.
“And if nothing urgently is done, it therefore means that Benue State, and by implication, Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gun powder due to our strategic location.”
Abomtsee also said nine districts in his domain were currently under the control of insurgents, whom he argued were not ordinary nomads.