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Herdsmen Behead Councilor-Elect, Cousin In Benue

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have beheaded a Councilor-elect and his cousin, names withheld, and dumped their remains in a nearby forest in the Orokam community of Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue state.

Vanguard reported that the headless bodies of the victims were discovered in the forest on Friday morning after several search by hunters and local vigilante in the community.

The discovery of their bodies reportedly sparked angry reaction from the youths of the community who took over major roads in the area vowing to carry out reprisals.

Chairman of the Local Government Council, Prince Samuel Onu confirmed the incident, saying the victims were on a rescue mission in the forests when they were caught and killed by the armed herders who had earlier kidnapped a member of the community.

“It was when they were to return yesterday that they noticed that two of them were missing. But they (security personnel) were able to arrest two of the Fulani men. This morning when they went to check again, they saw the lifeless beheaded bodies of the Councillor-elect and his cousin.”

The Chairman who disclosed that the arrested armed herders had been taken to the Police Headquarters in Makurdi, the state capital by men of Operation Zenda said the discovery of the beheaded bodies sparked angry protest by the youths of the community.

He however noted that the situation was gradually returning to normal after the Traditional Head of Owukpa and Orokam appealed to them to sheathe their swords.

“Chief Ikwuje has been begging the youths and we have also been talking to the youths who blocked the roads. Things are a little bit calm now because they have been talked to by the Chief,” the Chairman said.

The Benue State Police Command had yet to confirm the incident as at the time of filing this report.

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