Herdsmen Attack Leaves 16 Dead In Benue
16 persons have been reported dead in a farmers/ herdsmen attack that occurred in Okpokwu Local Government yesterday in Benue State.
The attack which was on Omutu Community specifically happened just after 2 persons were reported dead in Humeger, Guma Local Government of the same State.
Moses Yamu, the spokesperson of the Police have confirmed the incident revealing that the victims of the attack were mostly women and children.
According to a statement by Yamu, “the attack was a reprisal after some youths in the community went berserk, attacked Fulani herdsmen and maimed some cows.”
“We received information from the security adviser of Okpokwu local government that some irate youths from Omutu engaged some herdsmen in a fight, maiming some cows while two herdsmen were missing.”
“A peace meeting was immediately convened by the Council Chairman and the head of Fulani community in the area while a police search party went in search of the two missing herdsmen, one of whom was found dead.”
“Unfortunately, as the search and peace meeting were on going, some herdsmen went on a rampage, hacking 15 persons mostly women and children, to death while some houses were set ablaze.”
In his words, “four suspects had been arrested in connection with the killings, adding that ‘extensive’ patrol of the community was ongoing and to be reinforced by special forces.”