A couple, their only kid, and seven other people were killed in an attack carried out by suspected herdsmen on certain towns in Benue state.
The most recent attacks had an impact on several towns, including Akpanta, Ochumeko, and Ijaha in the Apa Local Government Area (LGA), where three people were brutally murdered, and Ucheen, a border community between Makurdi and Gwer West LGAs, where six people died.
According to a report in Vanguard, Mr. Eche Akpoko, national chairman of Apa Development Association, who confirmed the attack in Apa LGA, said the invaders attacked and leveled the affected communities over the weekend after killing the victims.
“Akpanta and Ogwuji villages were burnt down and the attackers killed three people at Ijaha village.”
The Ter Makurdi, Chief Vincent Aule who confirmed the attack in Ucheen said the armed herders killed six persons in the community while another fell and died on seeing the remains of his murdered relatives.
“Yes it happened in Ucheen village, after Adaka, a border community in Makurdi. The armed herdsmen came in at 2:30am and killed about six persons.
“Among those killed were one woman, her husband and their child. Besides that, three others were killed, the people were sleeping when the attackers came and killed them in their sleep.
“There was another person who also died. The man was related to the murdered husband and wife. He came that morning and saw them lying lifeless on the ground, he collapsed and eventually died after being rushed to the hospital.
“We have no issues with these people but they have been coming there to attack the people. We have reported the matter to the Commissioner of Police and the Security Adviser.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Catherine Anene who confirmed the attack in Ucheen said five persons were killed. She said security personnel had been drafted to the area while the corpses of those killed had been recovered and deposited at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, BSUTH, Makurdi.
On the attacks on communities in Apa LGA, she said she’s yet to receive details of the incident.