George Okoh In Makurdi
Once again, suspected herdsmen have unleashed terror on Yelewata community in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, killing six people and burning down houses.
Several villagers also sustained injuries during the attack.
According to a local source who said six of his relatives were gunned down by the attackers, the incident took place a few metres behind a primary school which is being used as the Nigerian army camp site.
He said the attackers came from the Nasarawa State border area and were shooting sporadically at anyone in sight.
â€œThey also attempted to raze the entire community but youths of the area successfully repelled the attackers who fled to Nasarawa State,â€ he said.
The source added that while the attack was going on, soldiers posted to the area did not make attempt to repel the marauding herders
â€œThose that attacked my village today came from the axis of Giza in Keana of Nasarawa State as many of our boys that joined in repelling them had a nice glimpse of them, they are full blooded Fulanis and not Libyans,â€ he said.
Meanwhile the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, confirmed the latest killing in Guma.
The governor said he got the information via his Facebook account that six persons were killed in Yelewata.
He told journalists that investigation would be instituted to confirm the attack.
Phone calls to the police authority was unsuccessful.