Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Fulani Herdsmen Attack Another Community in Benue State - Kill 15 Villagers!

Again, suspected Fulani herdsmen on Monday invaded Igbongun com­munity in Tsaav Ward of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State, killing five people.

Only last Sunday, the herds­men struck in Tse Wankyor in the same Tsaav Ward and killed 10 and injured several others.

Yesterday’s incident brings the death toll from the two at­tacks to 15.

A source told The AUTHOR­ITY that the armed herders numbering over 50 invaded the community through the neigh­bouring Kente settlement in Tara­ba State at 11pm on Monday and unleashed terror on the people with their sophisticated weapons.

He claimed that six motorcy­cles were carted away by the ram­paging herdsmen.

The District Head of Tsaav, His Royal Highness (HRH) Jo­seph Ivuen, told The AUTHOR­ITY that the attack was unwar­ranted because they have never had issues with the Fulani cattle rearers.

The monarch said that the community had been desert­ed for fear of further attacks and called on the Federal Govern­ment to provide a lasting solu­tion to the continued invasion of Benue villages by the herdsmen.

The Chairman of Ukum Lo­cal Government Area, Hon. Si­mon Kachina, who confirmed the attacks, said that they were strange because the affected com­munities never had issues with the herdsmen and charged the authorities to intensify efforts to­wards ending such barbaric acts.

The council boss who gave the names of victims whose bod­ies had been recovered as Kery­um Mku, Terkura Ajo and Ter­hemba Gwa, added that the search for others had continued.

Kachina said: “It is most un­fortunate and the most worri­some aspect of these attacks lies in the fact that they are normal­ly carried out during cropping season and for a local govern­ment whose economic mainstay is farming, the continued sacking of our people will not augur well for our economic survival. I am appealing especially to the Fed­eral Government to put in efforts that will curtail the barbaric acts of these headsmen.”

The member represent­ing Ukum, Logo and Katsina/Ala Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Emmanuel Udende, said that a public hearing into the contin­ued attacks on Benue commu­nities by the herdsmen had be­gun at the Lower House.

Through his Special Assis­tant on Media, Mr. Jerry Iorn­gaem, who was at the ravaged community, the lawmaker urged his constituents not to resort to self-help.

The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, con­firmed the attacks.

- authorityngr

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