An early morning attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Tse-Agena, Mbalom district, Ikpayonge and at Adeka market, Oweto in Gwer and Agatu local government areas of Benue State have claimed the lives of 25 villagers.
The latest attack came on the heels of the disclosure by the state Deputy Governor, Chief Steve Lawani, that the killings in the state had been traced to the terrorist group, Boko Haram, and last weekend’s bloody fight between Tiv youths and the suspected mercenaries which claimed over 55 lives in Guma Local Government Area of the state.
According to Lawani, aerial air survey showed that the terrorists were viewed to have come from Yobe and passing through Adamawa, Taraba to Benue.
Yesterday’s attack according to an eyewitness, Denen Tyoapine, came at the early hours of the morning.
“They came dressed in black with sophisticated weapons shooting and hacking down any body on sight, they were over a hundred,” he said.
Also, a member representing Agatu in the state House of Assembly, Mr. Audu Sule, told journalists yesterday that three persons were killed at the Adeka market, Monday morning, when suspected mercenaries stormed the community on a busy market day, shooting sporadically to the market.
“After the attack, three persons were left dead in the market but the attackers fled.”
As at the time of filing this report bodies were being recovered and deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi while residents of Ikpayongo, a five-kilometre drive to Makurdi, the state capital, were fleeing en mass to Makurdi.
According to the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Superintendent Daniel Ezeala, when contacted, confirmed the attack, adding that the command had recovered and deposited some corpses at the Makurdi FMC.