Suspected herdsmen raid Benue communities, kill 19

Suspected herdsmen raid Benue communities, kill 19
Charles Nwoke, Makurdi, Nigeria.
May 3, 2021 

Image courtesy of local sources, fair use. 

Unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have attacked some villages in Gwer West Local Government Area Council of Benue State and killed about 19 persons, among them were children.

Some of the communities attacked include Tse Amgbem, Udam near Aondoana, and Agbanu Seghev/Ukuse all in Gwer West LGA of Benue State.

A resident who claimed to have escaped the attack, Terna Abende, said that the attackers came through Akpachi in Otukpo Local Government Area Council to attack Tse Amgbem.

He said, “About 5 am Monday the attackers stormed Tse Amgbem and Udam near the Aondoana community and killed several people and several others injured.

“The attackers who are suspected to be Fulani herdsmen also burnt down houses.”

Sources disclosed that the suspected herdsmen had earlier on Sunday attacked some motorcyclists at separate areas on Naka Nagi Agagbe and Naka/Makurdi roads killing six persons.

An indigenous of Gwer West LGA who identified himself as Albert said that Fulani militia had taken control of seven wards of the council; Sengev, Gaagev/Tongev, Saghev/Ukusu, Tough, Ateer/ Ijaha, Gaambe Ushin, and Mbachohon Avihijme.

The Chairman of Gwer West LGA, Mrs. Grace Igbabon, stated that eighteen people were killed in three separate attacks in the council area between Sunday and Monday respectively.

According to her, “We had about six persons yesterday (Sunday) and 13 people today.

“I was told that the attackers were suspected Fulani herdsmen who attacked the Mbamodu community and killed 13 people and several others injured. The attackers burnt down several houses in the community.

“Other incidents happened on Sunday at the other side of Mbachon, some motorcyclists were riding on the road and they saw a man in military uniform who flagged them down.

“I was told that in the process of slowing down, another set of people who possibly had laid ambush came out from the bush and shot at them, four of them died and one later escaped.

“Also along Naka/Makurdi Road on Sunday, they (suspected herdsmen) killed two others.”

When contacted, DSP Catherine Anene, the Police Public Relations Officer of Benue State Command, said she only heard about the attack on some communities near Aondoana in the Local Government Area Council but had no details of the raid.