HERDSMEN ATTACK IN BENUE: DEATH TOLL HITS 15

The death toll in the Fulani herdsmen attack is reported to have hit 15. The incident which have reportedly claimed fifteen lives thus far, took place in three communities in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.

The communities attacked include Tse Akaa, Mba’abaji and Tse Orlalu all in Ugondo Mbanar District of Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.

The Punch reports that on Monday, the bodies of some missing persons were recovered in different parts of the affected communities bringing the death toll to 15 as at the time of filing this report.

Governor Samuel Ortom had earlier confirmed the attack on the communities while speaking with newsmen in his office in Makurdi on Monday but did not disclose the casualty figure.

Ortom enjoined both the farmers and the herders to always show patience, saying, “two wrongs cannot make a right.”

Sources said that the herdsmen’s movement raised fear among the villagers who thought that the herdsmen were planning to go and reinforce to later attack the villages.

Eye witness account has it that lots of people were injured and some others had to flee the community to neighbouring places for their safety.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bashir Makama, who later spoke with newsmen, said six dead bodies were recovered in two villages adding that he would continue to update newsmen on developments as they unfold.

The eyewitness said the gunman walked into the community in the early hours of Saturday and started shooting sporadically in the area during which a member of the vigilante group in Agber Village and two other persons were shot.

The source described the gunman as a notorious criminal who lived around the area but was forcibly ejected about a year ago.

The dead vigilante member was said to be a commercial motorcyclist and married with children.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Yamu, confirmed the incident, identifying the attacker as an ex-convict, who he said was at large but that the police were already on his trail.

The menace of these herdsmen seem to be resurfacing after what would look like a near total silence in the affected states. It is hoped that the government would put a final stop to it so that farmers can give their all, as we enter another planting season.

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