11 killed in fresh Benue attack


Suspected herdsmen on yesterday killed 11 persons in a fresh attack on Tombu village in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.

The state governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, confirmed the renewed killings shortly after an emergency meeting with the joint socio-cultural groups in the state.

“Two days back, four persons were killed in Guma Local Government, and this has continued,” he said.

Governor Ortom commended the heavy presence of the police as well as the military in the state in a bid to prevent a reoccurrence of such incident.

He, however, lamented that more than 40,000 people have been displaced for fear of unprovoked attacks.

“We appreciate the fact that now we have the massive presence of the police, we have an additional deployment of the military.

“They are on ground and deployment is being done; we are also providing logistics to ensure that these do not continue. As at now, over 40,000 people have been displaced and we are still counting.”

Meanwhile, the police are yet to confirm the attack.

Socio-cultural groups in Benue have also challenged the leadership of the Nigeria Police to visit Tombu village to be sure that the series of attacks carried out in the state were beyond communal crises as claimed.

Spokespersons for the group and President General of Mzough U-Tiv, Mr Edward Ujege, called on the United Nations and the international community to come to the rescue of Benue indigenes.

“Benue people are law-abiding and have remained so even in the face of frequent armed provoked attack by the herdsmen.

“We want any assistance from anywhere in the world to avert the killings in Benue State. And we are calling on the United Nations, United States, European Union, African Union, and any other person to come to our aids,” Ujege said.

Tombu village was attacked barely 24 hours after the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, met with President Muhammadu Buhari over the killings in Benue, Rivers and other parts of the country.

Mr Idris had told State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa in Abuja that the police were working hard to address the issues.

He attributed the crises to communal misunderstanding in the affected communities and maintained that “Nigeria is well secured”.