No fewer than 31 persons have been killed by mercenaries since the attack on Tombo settlement began last Thursday, the National President of Tombo Development Association (TODA), Isaac Gbaa, has said.
In a statement in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, Gbaa said 20 people were killed in Tse Ibwar, Tse Dzungwe, Tse Gbeleve, Avule, Tatse, Nyajo and Swaki.
Gbaa said: “Eleven people were killed on Sunday; two major settlements in Tombo ward.
“Some people were captured alive and they were forced to take them around the villages to be destroyed, before they were slaughtered. This is genocide”, the community leader stressed.
Gbaa also decried the statement credited to the state police command that nobody was killed in the crisis.