No fewer than five persons were reportedly attack and killed by suspected armed herdsmen on Wednesday in fresh attacks on Logo, Guma and Okpokwu local government areas in Benue state.
eyewitnesses said that there was an attack on Okpokwu Local Government Area following a disagreement between headsmen and farmers which led to the death of five person.
Among the victims were two women whose dead bodies were found in Guma while two others were killed in Logo and another killed in Okpokwu.
The state governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom,disclosed this Wednesday when he received members of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum at the Government House, Makurdi, the state capital
The Governor also received a former military administrator of the State, retired Brigadier-General Dominic Oneya who led a delegation of his Foundation on a condolence visit to the Governor.
The Governor said “as we speak, despite the deployment of more security personnel to the state to check the killings, four persons where yesterday killed in Guma and Logo local government areas.
“Aside that, pockets of killings are still going on, that is why I am reiterating my call on security agents to arrest the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore who had issued threats to resisting implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law in the state.”
He stated that despite the presence of the Inspector General of Police (IG) Ibrahim Idris and 663 armed riot policemen deployed in the state, killings were still being perpetrated without any arrest.
The governor reiterated his call on the security agencies to arrest the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore whom he said were still issuing threats to resist the implementation of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law in the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent, ASP, Moses Yamu confirmed that bodies of two women were recovered by the road side in Guma.
Ortom expressed appreciation to General Oneya for identifying with people of the State in their trying moment, stressing that it was a demonstration of a true friend.
The retired Brigadier-General Oneya said his mission was to commiserate with the Governor and the people of Benue over the gruesome murder of 73 persons by herdsmen.
Oneya said,i considers the state as his home and would always identify with it in good and difficult times,”
He prayed God to grant the souls of the victim’s eternal rest and the bereaved the fortitude to bear the loss.