reports suggest that 30 people have been killed in Zaki Biam, Ukum local government area of Benue state, following a raid by some gunmen suspected to herdsmen.
According to him, the residents counted not fewer than 20 dead bodies with several others injured and many houses razed.
Daily Post reports that Wuhe could not ascertain if the attackers were Fulani herdsmen.
The incident is coming barely one week after suspected herdsmen killed over 10 person in Buruku area of the state, which led to the governor, Samuel Ortom issuing them 72 hours ultimatum to vacate the area.
The state Police Public Relation Officer, Moses Yamu, who confirmed the killing, however, said the casualty figure has not been ascertained.
“We are yet to ascertain the number of those killed in the attack. Our men are already on ground there to restore normalcy to the area,” he said.
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According to an eyewitness, “the gunmen stormed the yam market on about 12 Bajaj motorcycles and four Toyota Corolla cars and started shooting at anyone in sight.”
Several cars and a fuel station were also razed as pandemonium engulfed the area.
The eyewitness described the incident as a bloodbath.
When contacted, the state commissioner of police, Bashir Makama, confirmed the killings but stated that the police were yet to ascertain the exact number of casualties.
He stated that his decision to expel Fulani herdsmen in the affected areas of the state was to pave the way for Tiv farmers to continue their farming activities.
Ortom insisted that it was impossible for herdsmen and farmers to operate in harmony, pointing out that his administration would not fold its arms and allow people fall prey to foreigners and killers and it was his government’s responsibility to ensure security for the people
The governor further cautioned against confrontations as the herdsmen make their way out of the state, adding that the security operatives would ensure they move out safely to where they came from.