Thursday 21st September, 2017
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Herdsmen kill 3 in Benue community

Herdsmen kill 3 in Benue community

About three persons have been killed by herdsmen in Tse-Akaa village, Ugondo Mbamar District of Logo local government area of Benue State.

The incident occurred just days after the State House of Assembly passed the Prohibition of Open Rearing and Grazing of Livestock bill into law.

Trouble started at about 2pm on Sunday when herdsmen moving their cattle away from the area clashed with some villag­ers. The attackers, who were said to have come from the Taraba axis, through Abaji, Mbamar, Ugondo and emerged at Akaa, shot sporadically at the villagers.

An eyewitness, Margaret Acka, recounted that three persons were killed in the process while several oth­ers were injured.

According to her, a few others are missing after they fled to seek refuge at a nearby village.

She said, “Fulani herds­men were in my father’s house, shooting and kill­ing at will. Three reported dead and others wounded. When will this end?”

The Benue State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Moses Yamu confirmed the killings.

He stated that the sus­pected herdsmen were re­locating from the area as a result of the onset of the raining season and a clash with the villagers ensued.

“Three persons were killed in the process but the police immediately mobil­ised to the area and I can assure you that peace has now been restored there,” he stated.

 

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