Herdsmen kill 50 in Benue communities

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have invaded five communities in Benue State, killing over 50 persons and leaving many others wounded.The attackers struck around 10:00 a.m. on New Year day and in the early hours of yesterday.The affected communities are in Logo and Guma Local Government Areas (LGA) of the state.

The assailants, armed with dangerous weapons, attacked a suburb of Ayilanmo and Turan in Gambe-tiev, Logo LGA, while residents were in church observing end-of-year prayers.They were said to have proceeded to Tomatar and Umenger in Guma LGA around 3:00 a.m. where they opened fire, killed some villagers and members of the state livestock guard and burnt a patrol vehicle.

The governor, Samuel Ortom, described the incident as unfortunate when he visited the victims at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH).
He said more than 20 persons were killed, nine of whom were personnel of the livestock guard.”We are living in a country we call our own, yet this kind of thing is happening. The security agencies are aware of what you are seeing today and this is just a tip of the iceberg. What happened, from the report I have received, is far beyond what you have seen here. So many houses have been burnt. So many people have been killed. Some are still missing,” the governor said.

“Can you imagine innocent children and women being killed and their private parts removed? People were slaughtered like animals. The Federal Government must arise to this challenge and give us protection, to show that truly we are also citizens of this country. This is not fair. This is not right, and we cannot accept it. We may continue to be law-abiding but there is a limit to how far,” Ortom added.


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