10 killed in fresh Benue attack

BY PETER DURU
MAKURDI — Just few days after nine persons were  slaughtered in an ambush by Fulani herdsmen, another 10 Tiv  farmers were, yesterday, feared dead in a fresh attack in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State by suspected Fulani  herdsmen.

The attack has also left many missing  while farmland, houses and huts were not spared.

Vanguard gathered from an eyewitness that the assailants  attacked Mbasenge community in Mbagwen in the early hours of Tuesday, killing and burning houses and farmland of their  victims.

A survivor of the attack, Mbaungwa Igboko and Kahemban, who narrated  his ordeal amidst tears, said his parents, Igboko and Kahemban as well as his brother’s wife, Mbalumunga Ananya, were killed.

He said two other persons, Kwaghsaa Iorbee and Orsaa Akosu, were also killed in his presence before he managed to  escape. “As I talk to you, there are many others we are  yet to ascertain their whereabouts,” he said.

Calling for the intervention of the state and Federal  Governments in the matter, he lamented that the attacks were coming at the time of full scale farming activities.

Speaking to newsmen in a telephone interview, member  representing Guma/Makurdi Federal Constituency, Mr. Emmanuel Jime, expressed displeasure with the recurrent insecurity in his constituency and the wanton killings and  destruction of property.

Jime said the National Assembly would have to take urgent  steps to check the recurrent bloodbath being unleashed in  parts of Tiv land by Fulani invaders.

When contacted, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Deputy Superintendent of Police Daniel  Ezeala said the command had not received information on any fresh attack in the state.

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