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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Benue boils again as Fulani herdsmen kill 13 in Tiv communities

No fewer than 13 persons have been killed by suspected Fulani Herdsmen in two local government areas of Logo and Ukum in Benue State.
The attack is coming barely three days after Governor Samuel Ortom met with stakeholders from Katsina-Ala, Ukum and Logo local government areas to deliberate on ways to tackle the incessant herdsmen attacks.
This is the third attack within last Saturday and Sunday this week, where 59 persons were reportedly killed in the area.

The Benue State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, confirmed that four people were killed in the Vaase community of Ukum, while three corpses were recovered in Anyiin and one in Uzer in Logo LGA of the state. He said five corpses were recovered from Tsukwa.

Yamu said the attacks were carried out simultaneously at 2am by the suspected herdsmen.

Speaking on the new development, former Senior Special Assistant on Media to the former governor, Gabriel Suswam, who hails from Anyiin, Chief Joseph Anawah, said that five persons ‎were first shot dead at Tsukwa settlement before security operatives came to the place.

He maintained that the attackers, however, continued shooting in some places and that he saw two corpses recovered at Anyiin, while several others injured were receiving treatment at NKST Hospital at Anyiin.

In his reaction, the State Coordinator of Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Garus Gololo, who had earlier blamed the incessant crisis on continuing reprisal from the two warring factions, said the inability of former governor Suswam to resolve issues between the herdsmen and the farmers was responsible for the frequent crises.







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