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Ortom Grieves As Fulani Herdsmen Kill Scores In Benue

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George Kajo, Makurdi

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has expressed grief over the sustained invasion and killing of Benue people by Fulani herdsmen.

The governor who was reacting to the recent murderous activities of Fulani herdsmen in Benue with scores hacked to death in unprovoked attacks called on Benue communities to rise up and defend themselves.

“There were coordinated attacks on Guma, Kwande and Gwer West local government areas of the state on Tuesday, March 29th, 2022”.

A report from the team leader of security agencies in Kasekyo near Tse Torkula village in Guma local government area, said that suspected Fulani herders at about 0930 hours on Tuesday, shot one Turner Ajar and an unidentified elderly man who were on a motorcycle going to the farm.

“The team of Agro Rangers who were on patrol in the area ran into the attack, unfortunately, the victims had already been killed. Their corpses were deposited at a hospital in Gbajimba, Guma local government area of the state”.

Report said, in Kpankeeke, a suburb on the outskirts of Naka, headquarters of Gwer West local government, gory images of persons killed by another set of herdsmen littered the streets.

The Agro Rangers team were alerted and they moved to the location alongside the Army and Police.

A statement by Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Nathaniel Ikyur, said, patrol team found the body of one Ahemba Apeelu, an aged man at a sawmill from Saav/Ukusu council Ward who was slaughtered and his throat slit.

Others identified to have been killed by the invaders include Tersoo Yasough and that of a young lady known as Martha Ukange.

Eye witnesses alleged that the herders were dressed in military camouflage as a decoy, while another body of a young man yet to be identified was later sighted along the road.

The search for more persons who are said to be missing is ongoing in affected communities.

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