Suspected herdsmen reportedly sack Benue community, kill village head

Suspected herdsmen reportedly sack Benue community, kill village head

- Suspected herdsmen have reportedly killed a village head of Iyongovihi Ninge, Benue state

- An eye witness from the area, Joseph Anawah said the village head was shot on the back and he died on the spot

- He noted that the marauder opened fire on Chief Iyongovihi Ninge who was clearing his field in readiness for cultivation

Suspected herdsmen on Tuesday, April 17, unleashed mayhem on Chembe settlement in Ukemberagya/Tswarev council ward of Gaambe-Tiev, in Logo local government area of Benue state, killing a village head, Iyongovihi Ninge.

Punch reports that an eye witness from the area, Joseph Anawah, said the attackers came with hordes of cattle, plundering yam seeds that have been planted.

He said that the invaders opened fire on Ninge who was clearing his field in readiness for cultivation.

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The eyewitness said: ''The village head was shot on the back and he died on the spot.''

He added that no arrest was made despite the nearness of the scene of the incident to a military camp stationed in the area.

According to him, ''The marauder. opened fire on Chief Iyongovihi Ninge who was clearing his field in readiness for cultivation.

''On hearing the gunshots, everyone within the area ran away, though we cannot at the moment ascertain if more persons were killed, as several families were lamenting that they could not trace their family members.''

Anawah further disclosed that the Chembe community and adjourning villages at the moment have been deserted, while the rampaging herdsmen freely graze on people’s farmlands.

When contacted, the Logo LG council chairman, Richard Nyajo, who confirmed the attack, said he had received report that the Chembe village head was killed in the attack.

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He said: ''It is very true; herdsmen attacked Chembe and killed the village head. That was the information that reached me this afternoon.

''We learnt that after killing the village head, the herdsmen pursued the people of the community who fled from their farms and homes on hearing the sound of gunshots.''

Nyajo, who could not give the number of casualties at the time of this report, said he had already notified security personnel about the attack and they had moved to the community to repel the attackers from the area and also assess the situation.

He added: ''As we speak, I cannot tell you that more persons were killed until we get the feedback from the security personnel that went into the bush.''

The police commissioner in charge of Benue state, Fatai Owoseni, however, said when contacted, saying that he was yet to receive reports of the attack.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that four herdsmen reportedly been killed after they allegedly attempted to invade the Mbiabong Ito Community in Odukpani local government area of Cross River state.

The Nation reports that the Fulani herdsmen had tried to enter the community with their cattle but were resisted by the people on Tuesday, December 5.

A source in the community claimed that the herdsmen who were armed started shooting but the villagers refused to back down and attacked them back.

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Source: Naija.ng

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