Not only teenagers, even young boys carry machetes and daggers to protect their lives.
“My father told me not to go out without holding a cutlass with which I can defend myself if attacked,” a nine-year-old primary school pupil said.
James Ochoche Edoh, the community leader, said that more than 20 Agatu villages were affected near the river Benue that forms the border with Nasarawa.
“Approximately 500 people or more could have been killed,” he claimed.
“The recent attacks took us by surprise. Families have been separated or killed,” he added.
The worst affected villages in February’s attacks were Okokolo, Adagbo, Akwu, Aila and Odugbeho.
The residents said that nearly 50 people were killed and more than 1,000 properties were razed.
“The Fulanis killed our kinsmen, burnt or destroyed 327 of our houses in this village and for no just cause,” said Christopher Onah, the chief of Okokolo.
“There’s nothing left for us again after the attack,” said Anyebe Peter, a farmer in Adagbo, where seven people were killed and 250 houses were razed.