Herdsmen Kill Four Policemen, 32 Villagers in Benue
By Galaxy - 339 days ago
No fewer than four men of the Benue State Police Command were on Monday killed by suspected herdsmen
According to a statement issued by the command’s spokesman, Moses Yamu, the killing took place at Anyibe in the Logo Local Government Area of the state.
Logo and Guma local government areas of the state had been under attacks by the suspected Fulani herdsmen, resulting in the loss of lives. 73 victims were buried in January, 2018.
Yamu stated that the command’s “personnel came under attack by insurgents at Anyibe, Logo Local Government Area of the state between 18.00 hours of yesterday, 15 of April, 2018 and early morning of date (Monday.) Sadly at the moment, four casualties have been suffered by police.”
He said the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, had deployed more policemen in the area.
The PPRO said the attackers would soon be arrested and be made to face the wrath of the law.
In yet another separate incident, soldiers from the 707 Special Forces on Monday killed four suspected Fulani herdsmen in Yogbo community of the Guma Local Government Area of the state.
Newsmen gathered from the locals that military identity cards were found on the bodies of the slain herdsmen by the soldiers who conducted a search on them.
A source from the village told journalists on the telephone that the herdsmen pretended to be soldiers on duty.
Another source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the remains of the herders were taken to NASME private clinic in Makurdi.
When contacted, the Assistant Director of Army Public Relations, 707 Special Forces Battalion, Makurdi, Major Ayeni Olabisi, confirmed the incident.
Ayeni said, “Our troops stationed in Yogbo, in the Guma LGA, killed four Fulani herdsmen but no military identity cards were found on them. I will still contact you to give you further information.”
Also, the Chief Press Secretary to the Benue State Governor, Terver Akase, said about 20 of the Fulani herdsmen attacked Yogbo village.
He said, “Herders invaded the village and started burning down several houses. Troops responded and killed four of them while others fled.”