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Herdsmen Attack Benue Community, Kill 10

Some of the houses destroyed by suspected Fulani herdsmen

After over one month of relative calm, suspected herdsmen have attacked a community in Benue State, killing 10 persons in Mkgovur village in Buruku local government area.

THISDAY gathered that the crisis, which erupted last Friday has forced many in Buruku and neighbouring Gboko local government area to flee their homes for fear of being killed.

According to an eyewitness, “It all started on Friday when the herdsmen forcefully entered our village to graze on farmland but were resisted by our youths. They left only to mobilise and storm our village in their numbers shooting sporadically and chasing everyone from their houses.”

“As we speak about 10 people have been killed while many are still unaccounted for this is just as our entire community and neighbouring villages have all been deserted,” the eye witness added.

When contacted, the Benue state chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders  Association, Alhaji Garus Gololo, said the invaders were not indigenous Fulani, adding, “they came from Taraba  and went to Mkgovur village on Friday but were resisted  by the villagers.”

Gololo, who could not ascertain the number of casualties said, “It is our agreement now that any Fulani man not known to any host community should not be allowed to stay in any community in Benue, so when the herders entered Mkgovur village they were resisted, I think that was what provoked them to invade the village this (yesterday) morning.”

Also, when contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Moses Yamu, who confirmed the attack said, “Last Friday a report was received from the Ardo of Fulani in Buruku that some youths in the area attacked and inflicted machete cuts on two cows while grazing thereby scattering the rest into the bushes in Benewura at Binev council ward.

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