Again, herders attack 2 Benue LGs, kill 10

At least 10 persons have been killed and many others injured in attacks by Fulani herdsmen on Logo and Ukum local government areas of Benue state. Seven persons were killed in Gbeji, Ukum local government while the remaining three were killed in Channel 1, Tswaregh council ward of logo local government area. “Those killed in Gbeji were named to include, Mtserkyaa lgbugh, Kananfa Amarfu, Tyavyar Akau, Orfega Hiikyaa, Kanyitor Uor and a passer-by aged around 75 years whose identity is yet to be ascertained. Others killed in Tswaregh were Tor Imbor, Aondowua Mnyor and Msugh Ajura. It could be noted that killings have continued unabated in Tombo community, Ukemberagya, Mbagber especially at Anyiin, Anyibe, Azege,Tsukwa where the Herdsmen ambushed people plying some of the routes on markets days killing innocent citizens without provocations.
Blueprint gathered that the herdsmen, who launched the attack almost simultaneously on the two local government areas, also razed houses and destroyed properties worth millions of naira. One of the locals from Gbeji, Mr Abraham Ngyenev, told Blueprint that the attack started about 6 pm when people came from their farms and lasted for more than three hours. Another eye witness, Mathias Azawe, said the attack was devastating as it came when people were planting their crops. From Logo, residents of the area, Terkimbir Hemen and Jacob lorkyaa, said the attackers came in the night around 7 pm, ransacking the villages one after another and shooting sporadically in the air as the killed and burned houses. Confirming the incident, Ukum LG chairman, Mr Iberlogo Tortyokyaa, who lamented the wanton killing of innocent people in the area, called on federal government to live up to its responsibility of protecting the lives of its citizens. Also, chairman Logo, Mr Richard Nyajo, confirmed the attacks and appealed to security agents to do more in safeguarding lives and property. Confirming the incident Commissioner of Police Benue state Command, Fatai Owoseni said “there was an incidence in Gbeji and we are investigating. “There is said to be an attack by suspected herdsmen in the area but we can confirm that as at this morning, four dead bodies were recovered there. We have stepped up security in the area and we are investigating.”


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