Hundred murdered in Benue by suspected Fulani herdsmen

Samuel Ortom

It was a tragic weekend for residents in Katsina Ala Local Government as suspected Fulani herdsmen working in cahoots with bandits killed about one hundred residents in the local government.

The attack according to some locals started on Saturday and is still ongoing in some parts of the troubled place.

The Chairman of Katsina Ala LGA, Alfred Atera, who confirmed the attack and the casualty figure, noted that four council wards were affected in the attack.

He identified the council wards as Yoyo, Utang, Mbatyu/mberev and Mbayongo.

He said: “More than 100 people at different places have been killed since the attack on Saturday. The Gana remnants are conniving with them (suspected herdsmen) to cause the havoc and unrest in our area,” Atera said.

Atera further said that troops were overwhelmed, saying, “The attackers have developed a strategy; they are not attacking one place. If they attack in Kwando now, the next thing you hear is that they are attacking Yoyo and at the same time, they were attacking Utange.”

In a related development, the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has reiterated his call on the people to defend themselves. He said: “I’ll no longer announce the deaths of those killed by Fulani herdsmen; rise up and defend yourselves with weapons not prohibited by law, bows and arrows, spears, knives, and similar ones.”

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