The Nation (Nigeria)

Herdsmen kill eight in Benue

- From Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi

SUSPECTED herdsmen have killed two aid workers and six others working for 360HSCD, a nongovernm­ental organisati­on focused on HIV/AID testing and counseling in Benue State.

The workers were said to be on routine supervisio­n of their charges at Tomanyiin in Guma council of the state when they were abducted at the weekend.

Local sources reportedly called the telephone lines of the aid workers upon learning of their abduction, and the abductors who answered the call, confirmed the killings, insisting that there would be more killings until Governor Samuel Ortom repealed the open grazing prohibitio­n and ranching establishm­ent law in the state.

Three bodies have been recovered by security forces who were accompanie­d by youths from the area.

Police spokespers­on Sewuese Anene said she could not confirm the attack, but promised to provide details later.

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