Crime News

Suspected Herdsmen Kill 19, Including Children In Fresh Attacks On Benue Communities

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have killed at least 19 people, among them children, in fresh attacks on some communities in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State.

The invaders also burnt down houses.

The communities attacked were; Tse Amgbem, Udam near Aondoana, and Agbanu Seghev/Ukuse all in Gwer West LGA area of Benue State.

Chairman of Gwer West LGA, Mrs Grace Igbabon, confirmed the attacks, saying that eighteen people were killed in three separate attacks in the council area between Sunday and Monday.

She said, “I was told that the attackers were suspected Fulani herdsmen who attacked the Mbamodu community and killed 13 people and several others injured. The attackers burnt down several houses in the community.

“Other incidents happened on Sunday at the other side of Mbachon, some motorcyclists were riding on the road and they saw a man in military uniform who flagged them down.

“I was told that in the process of slowing down, another set of people who possibly had laid ambush came out from the bush and shot at them, four of them died and one later escaped.

“Also along Naka/Makurdi Road on Sunday, they (suspected herdsmen) killed two others. ”

The Police Public Relations Officer of Benue State Command, DSP Catherine Anene, had yet to confirm the attacks, as at the time of filing this report. However, she said that some communities near Aondoana in the local government had been attacked, but had no details

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