Amid the ongoing furore over the bloody attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen across the country, there are reports that the marauding herdsmen invaded Tse Aondo and Tse Ankou communities in Benue state Monday night, leaving several dead.
The anti-riot police, who arrived late to the scene after a distress call recovered two expended shells of 7.62mm ammunition from the scene. The tormented locals have since fled their homes to live as refugees in neighbouring communities.
There are conflicting reports over the immediate cause of the latest strike as some speculate it was reprisal over a Fulani herdsman who went missing at a certain Gbeji market, but the Police said the incident had no link with the man’s disappearance.
In a related development, about 11 farmers including children, men and women were killed when gunmen believed to be herdsmen attacked invaded a community located along Anyiin-Kente-Wukari road in Ukember-Agya ward in Logo local government area of the state.
Eye witnesses say the suspected herdsmen, numbering over one hundred, burnt houses, shot sporadically, killing innocent people and quickly retreated into the forest zone along the state’s border with Taraba.
Chief Joseph Anawa, a former special assistant to ex-Governor Gabriel Suswam on media and an indigene of the affected area said: “The armed militia invaded early this morning. They killed more than 10 of our people and over 11 persons were critically injured and were conveyed to the primary healthcare centre in Anyiin. The houses are still burning as I speak with you.”
Moses Yamu, the police public relations officer in the state, said investigation was ongoing.
The nefarious activities of Fulani herdsmen pose the biggest threat to the stability of the country at the moment, with states seeking various means of protection in view of seeming inaction by the federal government.