Four killed, seven injured as suspected shepherds attack the Benue community (graphic photos)
Suspected Fulani herders on Friday night raided the Tse Angband community in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State, killing four people and injuring seven more, IgbereTV reported.
Governor Samuel Hortom, who confirmed the incident when he visited the site of the attack on Saturday morning, December 12, said armed shepherds struck at 11:00 pm while people were sleeping, killing Timothy Amberg Aqua, Innokentiy Aqua, Terhemba Amberg Aqua – son-in-law named after Orban.
The governor, condemning the barbaric act, recalled that a few weeks ago, shepherds arrived without livestock and killed husband and wife in Tse Tehemba, on the same axis as Makurdi, saying that security officials had followed and arrested three attackers.
He assured people that security has been strengthened to provide round-the-clock surveillance in the affected area to prevent a recurrence of poor development, and urged people in the affected communities to work with security officers.
The governor, speaking to residents of Adaki, said that compliance with the law banning open grazing and the creation of state ranches should continue regardless of what the armed herders do.
Hortom also visited victims of pastoral assault who are being treated at Benue State University’s Makurdi Hospital.
Speaking to reporters during the visit, the governor said he was in hospital to identify with those who escaped the attack but received treatment for serious injuries from the attack.
He acknowledged President Bukhari’s directive to the security forces to counter terrorists operating in the country, stressing that his administration will not give in until the pastoral attacks on his people are over.
The governor said the state government will treat the injured and that they will be treated.
Source: – Igbere TV