OrderPaperToday – Newly sworn-in senator and immediate past president of the Senate, David Mark has donated relief materials to victims of the Agatu crisis between Fulani herdsmen and farmers of the community.

David also decried the continued hostilities between Agatu community of Benue state and Fulani herdsmen of Nasarawa state that has claimed hundreds of lives and properties worth millions of naira destroyed.

The relief materials worth millions of naira, according to a statement by his media assistant, Mr. Paul Mumeh, were donated  to displaced persons in Aila, Aku, Okokolo, Odugbeho and other crisis-ravaged communities in Agatu local government area.

Materials distributed include: 100 Mattresses,  100 bags of rice, 100 blankets, cooking oil, 100 cartons of Indomie noodles, 50 large mats, Maggi cubes, and cooking salts among others.

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The  Benue state Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) Deputy governorship candidate in the 2015 election Mr. John Ngbede, in the company of some Agatu Chiefs and clan heads received the items and  distributed the materials on behalf of Senator Mark at the Internally Displaced persons ( IDP) camps in Otukpo  and Apa local government areas.

Senator Mark who called for calm, appealed to the combatants to sheathe their swords and embrace peace because ” we need to co habit with each other to make life worth the while.”

He expressed optimism that the hostilities would soon be a thing of the past since the Federal government is now aware and expected to intervene just as security has been beefed up.

He also urged the Benue and Nasarawa state governments to resuscitate the joint peace committee and create an enabling environment for both parties to cohabit harmoniously .

Senator Mark also implored the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide succour to the displaced persons before they are able to return home.



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