Four persons were reportedly killed by herdsmen in fresh attacks in Guma and Agatu local government areas of Benue state on Sunday, while one herdsman was reported killed at Lower Benue, Makurdi, on Saturday.
Two persons were killed Agatu, with one of the victims said to have been beheaded.
According to an Agatu native, the incident happened on Sunday when about seven boys in the area went to have a bath in the community stream.
The little children, who were aged between 10 and 15 years were ambushed by the herders who shot at them and killed two of them, he said.
“The children, whose ages were between 10 and 15 years, had as usual gone to the stream in the community when they were attacked by herdsmen.
“Some of the children rushed home to tell the people of the invasion by the herdsmen and by the time we got to the stream, the herdsmen had fled but we met the lifeless bodies of the kids. The head of one of them was cut off.”
In Guma, herdsmen at Tse Samaka attacked and killed two of those who braced the odd to visit their homes.
Benue State Commissioner of Police in the state, Fatai Owoseni, confirmed the killings during a meeting he had with the leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.
He said, “We had an incident just yesterday (Sunday); two persons were killed in Agatu but we have responded swiftly to douse tension, we are working closely with other security agencies to ensure the crisis does not escalate.
“Also, some bandits have killed two persons in the Guma area on Sunday which makes us to reinforce in the area.
“Also, we have this report at Lower Benue here where a herdsman was killed.”