Fulani militia attacks Benue communities; kills 10, displaces many

Posted by News Express | 1 January 1970 | 2,601 times

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Another dastardly attack by gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen has occurred in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, killing about 10 persons and displacing scores of farmers.

It was gathered that the attacks occurred in Dusa and Jun villages of Turan council wards. Also, the assailants attacked the Gabo community in Nenzev ward, shot and killed persons including a community leader, women and children.

Eye witnesses said the gunmen invaded the communities through the forest near the areas and started shooting sporadically in the air. The incident happened in the night of Friday and at noon on Saturday.

Yesterday, hundreds of people in the attacked communities, both the young and aged, were seen trekking to the neighboring communities of Ugba Town and Abeda-Shitile Market to take refuge. The displaced persons have no shelter and food.

A member of the state’s house of assembly, representing Logo constituency and former chairman of the local government, Hon. Terna-kester Kyenge, told LEADERSHIP Sunday that six persons including a community leader were killed in Gabo, Nenzev and one in Turan Council wards in the local government yesterday afternoon.

He condemned the attack, describing it as gruesome and barbaric but sued for peace and restraint and urged the state and federal governments to intervene in arresting the culprits and bring relief to the displaced.

“I visited Logo to commiserate with the bereaved families and met with the council leadership, traditional rulers and security agencies to find lasting solutions to the insurgence.

“I received the mutilated corpses and addressed hundreds of displaced people including women and children,” he said.

Chief Joseph Anawa, a former Special Assistant on Media to immediate past governor Gabriel Suswam, an indigene of the affected community, escaped death by whiskers when he went home for a family meeting. He narrated the ordeal, saying: “The attackers, Fulani herdsmen stormed the Gaambe-Tyiev area, Gwariche, Gabo, Iyonov in Nenzev and part of Ugondo communities, and they killed more than eight persons. They destroyed property in the places and several corpses of the deceased persons littered in the areas.”

•Source: LEADERSHIP Sunday. Photo shows Benue Governor Samuel Ortom.

Source: News Express

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