Fresh attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen leaves more than 7 dead in Benue

Fresh attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen leaves more than 7 dead in Benue
Posted by Ifeanyi Okugbo on 2017-03-12 09:31:09 (215 Views)

Fresh attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen leaves more than 7 dead in Benue

- Suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked Tiv community, Mkgovur village in Buruku local government

- More than seven people feared dead, several others injured


More than seven people have likely lost their lives in a renewed attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Mkgovur village, Buruku local government, Benue.

Punch reports that the suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked the village around 8 am on Friday, March 10, with with guns and machete.

One of the villagers described it as unprovoked attack, but the leader of Benue state chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigerian said that the resistance of the villagers to allow the herders stay in their midst might have been responsible for the attack

One of the villagers who witnessed the unfortunate attack, Mr Tyosase said: "I had travelled to the village on Friday only to wake up early this morning to see Fulani herdsmen invading our village as early as 8 am, the men who were in large numbers were fully armed shooting sporadically and they entered our houses shot people and macheted many."

“As of the time I escaped from the village, about seven lifeless bodies were found on the ground while several persons could not be traced as am talking to you now, several persons sustained various degree of injuries and taken to hospital.”

The leader of cattle rearers association in Benue, Garus Gololo said the attackers are nor Benue-born Fulanis, that they came from Taraba and because the villagers refused to let them stay in the village, they returned to attack the villagers.

Gololo said: “It is our agreement now that any Fulani man not known to the host community be not allowed to stay in any community in Benue, so when the herders entered Mkgovur village the villagers refused them stay, I think this was what provoked them to have invaded the village this morning.”

Meanwhile, suspected Fulani herdsmen have shot an aide to Senator Shehu Sanni along the Abuja-Kaduna road.

The aide, Lawal Adamu who was shot by the gunmen says he heard the attackers speak the Fulani language fluently.




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