Herdsmen Kill Village Head, Five Others in Benue


George Okoh in Makurdi

Suspected herdsmen weekend killed a village head and five others at Dusa Villages in Turan council ward of Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, in a renewed attack in the area.

It was gathered that the communities were attacked in the early hours of yesterday by the marauders who stormed the area shooting sporadically and chanting war songs.

According to an eyewitness “After the killings, they took their time to raze several houses and huts in the affected communities after which they retreated.”

Confirming the attack in a text message, the representative of the area at the Benue State House of Assembly, Dr. Terna-Kester Kyenge, said he had visited the affected persons and community leaders. Condemning the attack, Kyenge appealed to relevant agencies to take immediate steps to secure the area and also send relief materials to the hundreds of displaced persons in the affected communities who fled their homes for fear of being killed.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Assistant Superintendent (ASP), Moses Yamu confirmed the attack, stressing that the Police were able to recover five bodies from the attacked communities. He added further that one person was still missing at the time of this report.