Fulani militia herders kill livestock guard, injure one in Benue

Charles Nwoke, Makurdi, Nigeria
January 16, 2021 

Suspected Fulani militia herders on Friday shot and killed a livestock guard in Makurdi, the Benue State capital.

Livestock guards in conjunction with agro rangers are responsible for the implementation of the state anti-open grazing law.

According to the source, the unfortunate incident occurred around 6:00 pm at Mballah close to NASME barracks in Makurdi.

While explaining how the raid happened, the Commander of livestock guards, Linus Zaki, said that the suspected Fulani herdsmen had laid ambush when the livestock guards were on patrol.

The armed men according to Zaki came in selected areas where they know that security forces were not positioned.

“We (livestock guards) were coming on a motorcycle and suddenly we heard gunshots from both sides of the road and they succeeded in killing one of our guards and injured one other,” Zaki said.

Lt. Col. Paul Hemba (retd.), the Security Adviser to the Benue State Governor who confirmed the incident disclosed that the livestock guards who were on patrol were attacked.

“There was an incident of an attack on members of livestock Guards’ who went out on patrol in company with agro rangers to Mballah council wards close to NASME Barracks in Makurdi,” said the Security Adviser.

“They were ambushed by suspected herdsmen bandits who laid an ambush in the bush and suddenly opened fire on them killing one of them instantly and injuring the other one badly. He is currently receiving treatment.

Hemba explained that troops of Operation Whirl Stroke were later informed and they responded swiftly but added that the bandits had disappeared before the security forces arrived.