Fulani herdsmen reportedly hacked many people to death in unprovoked attacks in Guma, Kwande and Gwer West Local Government Areas, LGAs, of Benue state.
The attack was confirmed by Governor of the state, Samuel Ortom in a statement issued on Wednesday in Makurdi by his Chief Press Secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur.
The governor expressed grief over the sustained invasion of Benue communities and urged the people to rise up and defend themselves.
The statement reads:
“A report from the team leader of security agencies in Kasekyo near Tse Torkula village in Guma LGA said suspected Fulani herders at about 9:30am on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 shot one Turner Ajar and an unidentified elderly man who were on a motorcycle going to the farm.
“The team of Agro Rangers who were on patrol in the area ran into the attack, unfortunately, the victims had already been killed. Their corpses were taken and deposited at a hospital in Gbajimba, Guma LGA of the state.
“In Kpankeeke, a suburb on the outskirts of Naka, headquarters of Gwer West LGA, gory images of persons killed by another set of herdsmen littered the streets.
“The Agro Rangers team were alerted and they moved to the location alongside the Army and Police. The patrol team found the body of one Ahemba Apeelu, an aged man at a sawmill from Saav/Ukusu Council Ward who was slaughtered and his throat slit.
“Others identified to have been killed by the invaders includes Tersoo Yasough and a young lady known as Martha Ukange.
“The armed herders were dressed in military camouflage as a decoy as they unleashed mayhem in the affected communities.”