Armed herdsmen are said to have killed five people, including a father and his son, in an attack on Tse Udeghe village, Mbakpa Council Ward, and Ahumen town in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State.
The raid comes less than a week after marauders stormed and burnt the hometown of the Ter Nagi, HRH Daniel Abomste, the traditional monarch of the area, as well as sacked many settlements in the vicinity.
According to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the herders invaded the settlement in large numbers about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, opened fire on the people, and demolished their homes.
“The people fled for their lives, but some they encountered were slain, and numerous more were injured.”
Iorwundu Ihyo and his son Shimayohol Iorwundu were among those murdered in the raid, as were Chiahemba Orkenevihi and Nyinongu Orkenevihi.
“Following the attack on the village, the herders set up a roadblock outside Ahumen hamlet on the Makurdi-Naka Road, where they opened fire on a bus, killing one of the passengers.”
Several settlements in the local government region have been burned destroyed, displacing inhabitants who have taken sanctuary in Naka, the headquarters.
“Also, commuters and motorists have abandoned the Makurdi-Naka road, which used to be extremely busy since it is easier to go on the route if you are heading to Otukpo because it is no longer safe to drive on.”
When contacted, Superintendent Catherine Anene of the Police Public Relations Officers stated she had not yet received information about the event.
Mrs. Igbabon urged the military to confront the bandits and treat them as terrorists in order to protect the lives and property of the locals.
Mrs. Grace Igbabon, the chairman of the Gwer West council, corroborated the claim and bemoaned the unexpected inflow of herders from neighboring Nasarawa State.
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