Herdsmen kill 8, torch Tor Tiv’s house in Benue



Suspected armed herdsmen yesterday attacked and killed no fewer than eight persons and completely sacked two villages in Guma local government area of the state.

Our correspondent gathered from some survivors that Fulani mercenaries numbering about 100 invaded two densely populated settlements of the area; Angyom and Tse-Usenda at about 3 am yesterday shooting indiscriminately as the natives who were woken up by sounds of guns ran for their lives, while others met their death.

It was reliably gathered that just the invaders did not leave the affected area as they spread to Tse-Torkula, the country home of the Tor Tiv,  Dr. Alfred Akawe Torkula, in the afternoon and ensured that nothing was left of the place even as the surviving elder brother of the Begha u Tiv was also said to have been killed.

Confirming the attacks, the Guma local government chairman, Mr. Frank Usar Adi, expressed grief over the level of damage in his domain and appealed to Chief Executives of Benue and Nasarawa states to again, register their complaints to President Goodluck Jonathan for more proactive action.
He called for proper demarcation of the boundary between his local council and the neighbouring local governments in Nasarawa state for better identification.

Also, prominent son of the area, Pharm. John Enger, told newsmen on phone that the burning of Tse-Torkula, the Tor Tiv village by the mercenaries commenced after the police and soldiers drafted to the area had left for re-enforcement.
Confirming the latest attack, Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ezeala, said seven people were killed, but assured that more policemen had been drafted to the area to restore peace.

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