Some gunmen, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have caused the death of five people including a man and his son in Gwer West local government area of Benue State.
Reports were gathered that as few sustained injuries in an attack at Tse Udeghe-Mbakombur in Mabapa council ward of the local government, four other people’s lives were claimed by the said Herdsmen.
According to the chairman of the local government, Mrs. Grace Igbabon, she was heading the donation of 10 motorcycles to security operatives when the report of the attack reached her.
According to her, the donation was for the security operatives to be well equipped in combating the herdsmen militia in the council area.
Several thatched houses were also reported to have been burnt down by suspected herders who invaded the community around 4:30 pm on Thursday, February 17.
The dead victims have been identified as Shimayohol Iorwundu, Iorwundu Emmanuel Iho, Chiahemba Orgeen and Nyinongu Orgeen.
It was also learned that some suspected herders who blocked Makurdi/Naka highway around 7:00 pm of the same day shot at a moving vehicle causing the death of a female passenger.
The Local Government chairman, sent in her condolence as she lamented with others over the death of the four victims.
“The incident happened around evening on Thursday, we were at the venue where we were donating motorcycles to security operatives when the report came to me that herdsmen were attacking Mabapa council ward,” she said.
“Four people were killed in the community including a man and his son. Unfortunately, some herders also blocked Makurdi/Naka highway and shot at a moving vehicle, a lady was said to have been hit by bullets from these herders.