Gun­men kill 10 in Benue

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Gun­men have killed at least 10 peo­ple and wounded many in fresh strikes in Logo and Ukum lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of Benue State.

Daily Trust re­ports that cri­sis be­tween herders and lo­cal farm­ers have be­come a daily oc­cur­rence in the area for the past three weeks while the at­tack­ers within the past three days have al­legedly sus­tained the siege on the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties.

The state com­mand Po­lice spokesman, ASP Moses Yamu, said he was not aware of any fresh at­tacks in the ar­eas, adding that the sto­ries mak­ing the round were past de­vel­op­ments. “I have not been briefed about any fresh at­tack,” Yamu said.

But, a for­mer gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial who hails from Logo, Chief Joseph Anawah, said that five per­sons were killed in his vicin­ity be­tween Satur­day and yes­ter­day. He said, “On Satur­day, about 9:30am, the herders killed two peo­ple in their rice farm at Chembe set­tle­ment and wounded many who are now hos­pi­talised. On Sun­day, around 1pm, one per­son was killed in Mbawar and to­day (yes­ter­day) an­other two per­sons have been killed.”

Anawah added that the at­tacks in his area were sim­i­lar to Guer­rilla war­fare such that the farm­ers had aban­doned their farms to save their lives. He wor­ried that no se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives had been drafted to the area.

An­other lo­cal in Ukum who pre­ferred to be re­ferred to sim­ply as Adakpe, said five peo­ple were killed in dif­fer­ent vil­lages of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment area dur­ing the week­end.

Mean­while, the state co­or­di­na­tor of Miyetti Al­lah Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (MACBAN), Garus Gololo, who had ear­lier blamed the in­ces­sant cri­sis on con­tin­u­ing reprisals from both war­ring fac­tions, was yet to an­swer his call at the time of send­ing this re­port.

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