100 killed in Benue

100 killed in Benue

In a fresh attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Sunday moring, over 100 persons were killed in villages and refugee camps located at Ukura, Gafa, Per and Tse-Gusa in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.

The area of the recent attack, is home to outgoing Governor Gabriel Suswam and was home to other refugees from previous attacks by the herdsmen.

A source according to Vanguard, said the herdsmen stormed the villages in military gear and killed all in sight, before setting up the area on fire
He said: “What happened was like a war situation where people were killed like animals, irrespective of their ages and gender. This is, indeed, a sad day for the people of Benue State.
“At the moment, a mass burial is taking place for the over 100 victims whose bodies have so far been recovered.
“Most of them were women, children and the elderly, and they are decomposing already.
“Search for more bodies is still ongoing in the area, because so many persons are still missing and unaccounted for.”
The attack was confirmed by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Gabriel Suswam on Media Affairs, Mr. Joseph Anawa, who said: “Indeed, over 100 people were killed last Sunday morning when heavily armed suspected Fulani herdsmen, some of whom were dressed in military uniform, stormed the communities from Kente in neighbouring Taraba State.
“They attacked the villages and refugee camps at Ukura, Gafa, Per and Tse-Gusa, where they began shooting indiscriminately at the people at 4a.m. and continued till 10.30a.m.
“As we speak, the communities have been sacked, hundreds of houses, huts, farmland and property worth millions of naira have been destroyed and the inhabitants and survivors have all fled their homes and the communities.”

The paramount ruler of the area, Tor Sankera, Chief Terkura Suswam,described the event as sad and unfortunate. He said he was working with other traditional rulers and leaders of the herdsmen to find a peaceful solution to the problem.

Meanwhile, the Police Commissioner, Hyacinth Dagala, who also confirmed the killings said four persons were confirmed killed and that some people were speculating that over 20 to 25 persons were killed.
Dagala, who appealed for calm, said a detachment of policemen had been dispatched to Logo to maintain peace, adding further that calm had returned to affected areas.
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