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Suspected Fulani herdsmen invade Benue communities, slaughters scores

Suspected armed Fulani herdsmen have killed 15 persons in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State

The herders invaded two communities; Mchia village in Mbagber council ward and Mou village in Ukemberagya/Tswarev council ward in Logo at about 11:pm on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

“The attackers stormed the villages between 11 pm and midnight of Wednesday, twelve people were killed at Mchia community and three people at Mou village with about 13 people injured,” a local who did not want to be mentioned told Nigerian Tribune.

Suspected Fulani herdsmen invade Benue communities, slaughter 15 persons

The commissioner of police in the state, Wale Abass who confirmed the attacks said that 10 people were killed and eight injured.

Those murdered in Mchia are; Mr. Atsagba Oliver Chion, Mr. Mchivga Utume, Mr. Bemdoo Hindi, Mr. Aondonengen Kwaghwe, Mr. Shinku Ngimsho, Mr Gwa Joseph, Mr Vihishima Mbanomso, Mr Luter Yeke, Mr. Sonter Chieam, Mr. Aondosoo and two others.

The three people killed in Mou village are identified as Mr Lanem Dooior, Mr Iorungwa Andy Uchir and Emeka Ike (an Igbo trader)

The herders also shot and injured other persons including Shaorga Akaaume, Ubugh Obele and Aondosoo Aondoakaa.

The victims are currently receiving treatment at NKST hospital Anyiin.

Meanwhile, the Member Representing Logo State Constituency in the Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. Kuranen Yagba has condemned in strong terms, the renewed attacks on some communities in his constituency by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen.

Hon. Yagba who decried the renewed attacks on the armless farmers in Logo local government area says, the attack which is coming after the armed Fulani herdsmen had launched unprovoked attacks on many villages in Tombo council ward of Logo LGA, rendering many people displaced from their ancestral homes is not only unacceptable but wickedness of the highest order.

He wondered why the armed Fulani herdsmen would resort to killing of innocent lives even in their sleeps during raining season simply because they refused to give their farms for cattles to graze on and calls for adequate punishment of the perpetrators of such evil act by relevant security agencies.

He expressed worry that, at a time his constituents should be carrying out farming activities, they are been chased out of their farms and calls on the Federal Government and other relevant agencies to expedite action on putting an end to the continued killing of farmers across the country.

The Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts called on the army, mobile police men and other security operatives deployed to Logo local government area and Gaambe-Tiev in particular, to rise up to their responsibility and arrest the perpetrators of such evil act to face the wrath of the law.

He restates the resolve of the Benue State House of Assembly never to repeal the Benue State Open Grazing Prohibition law which has the full backing of the entire Benue People, urging the Fulani herdsmen grazing in Benue State to obey the Benue People’s law for a peaceful coexistence.

Yagba condoled with the many families that have lost their love ones in the attacks and prayed God repose the departed souls.

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