At least 35 persons have been killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in a fresh attack on the people of Gwer West local government area of Benue State. 80,000 people have been displaced following the attack.
The marauders who sacked six council wards in the attack also killed a 70-year-old woman, one Tyobam at Terhule Antarctic village where she had gone to visit her daughter.
The latest attack which lasted two days came on the heels of a similar attack early in the week, where three villages, including the ancestral home of the paramount ruler of the Tiv nation, Tse-Torkula was sacked by the invaders in Guma local government area of the state.
“Our communities have been taken over and we are helpless; the last two days have witnessed unwarranted killings and destruction of property. I can tell you without mincing words that over 35 persons may have been killed in this renewed attack,” an anonymous source told Vanguard.
“Houses, huts farmland and economic trees have all been destroyed , people are fleeing their abode, and the most painful part of it all is that the popular Makurdi-Naka road is no more safe for commuters and motorists alike because innocent road users are daily shot on that road,” the source said.
The Gwer West local government council secretary, Mr. Mark Dewua who spoke to journalists yesterday in Makurdi, the state capital, on the renewed clashes lamented that Naka, the council headquaters was gradually being deserted.
State Governor Gabriel Suswam had earlier in the week raised the alarm over the persistent attack on Benue villages, calling on security agencies to safeguard people’s lives.