About 15 people have died after suspected Fulani herdsmen on Monday invaded Igbongun community in Tsaav Ward of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State. About five people died were killed in the community.
It was gathered that the attack started last Sunday when the herdsmen struck in Tse Wankyor in the same Tsaav Ward and killed 10 and injured several others. Yesterday's incident brings the death toll from the two attacks to 15.
It was gathered that the armed herders numbering over 50 invaded the community through the neighbouring Kente settlement in Taraba State at 11pm on Monday and unleashed terror on the people with their sophisticated weapons. The herdsmen also took away six motorcycles belonging to people from the community.
Speaking about the incident, the District Head of Tsaav, His Royal Highness (HRH) Joseph Ivuen, revealed that the his people are now suffering over what they do not know about because of the incessant attacks.
He said the attack was unwarranted because they have never had issues with the Fulani cattle rearers. As a result of the latest attack, many people have deserted the community for fear of their lives. He urged the Federal Government not to keep silent and watch while they are being slaughtered.
Also, the Chairman of Ukum Local Government Area, Hon. Simon Kachina, confirmed the incident. He however expressed concern over the recent attace as he said the affected communities never had issues with the herdsmen and charged the authorities to intensify efforts towards ending such barbaric acts.
The council boss who gave the names of victims whose bodies had been recovered as Keryum Mku, Terkura Ajo and Terhemba Gwa, added that the search for others had continued.
Kachina said: "It is most unfortunate and the most worrisome aspect of these attacks lies in the fact that they are normally carried out during cropping season and for a local government whose economic mainstay is farming, the continued sacking of our people will not augur well for our economic survival.
I am appealing especially to the Federal Government to put in efforts that will curtail the barbaric acts of these headsmen." The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, confirmed the attacks