Tragedy struck on Monday, May 30, as gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen invaded Tse Aondo and Tse Ankou communities in Benue state, allegedly killing seven persons.
Daily Sun reports that the anti-riot police arrived at the scene after a distress call, but the gunmen had fled already.
The police reportedly recovered two expended shells of 7.62mm ammunition from the scene.
For fear of further attacks, residents of the two communities have deserted their homes to take refuge in neighboring communities.
Report has it that the attack might be a reprisal over the disappearance of an unidentified herdsman who went missing after he visited Gbeji market within the communities on May 8.
However, security sources said the incident had no link with the man’s disappearance.
The state police command said it was on top of the situation as its Criminal Investigation Department has commenced probe of the incident.
Leadership reports that about 11 farmers including children, men and women were killed when gunmen believed to be herdsmen attacked a community located along Anyiin-Kente-Wukari road.
The attack happened at Tse-Ikyor village, near Ayoo community of Tswarev in Ukember-Agya ward of Logo local government area of the state.
The suspected herdsmen numbering over one hundred and well-armed were said to have come through the forest area near Taraba state.
Eye witnesses said they shot sporadically, killing innocent people, burnt houses and quickly retreated back to the forest zone.
Narrating what happened, a former special assistant to ex-Governor Gabriel Suswam on media, Chief Joseph Anawa, an indigene of the affected area said: “The armed militia invaded early this morning (Monday). They killed more than 10 of our people and over 11 persons were critically injured and were conveyed to primary healthcare centre in Anyiin. The houses are still burning as I speak with you.”
Confirming the incident, Moses Yamu, the police public relations officer said investigation was ongoing.
Fulani herdsmen have become a source of worry for the Nigerian government following their recent attacks on various communities across the country.
Last week the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom said the herdsmen were out to kill, steal and destroy, adding that not less than 12 local government areas have been attacked and many communities reduced to rubble.
Three months ago, no fewer than 300 persons lost their lives following series of attacks by Fulani herdsmen in Agatu local government area of the state.