By Peter Duru
Makurdi – At least 10 persons were feared dead in a fresh attack on Tse Ioreleegeb, Babai council ward of Guma local government area of Benue state by suspected herdsmen.
However the State Police Command said it recorded five deaths in the attack.
Vanguard gathered from a source in the area that the marauders who stormed the community in a commando fashion in the late hours of Tuesday from neighboring Nasarawa state attacked the community shooting sporadically and killing anyone in sight.
According to the source, “the invaders also burnt down houses, huts and farmland in the community. As we speak the people who were taken unawares are moving in droves out of the community to neigbouring villages and Daudu for fear of being killed.”
Confirming the development, the Guma local government council chairman, Mr. Anthony Shawon disclosed that the attackers came in from neigbouring Nasarawa state.
He said, “10 persons were killed in the attack and the village has been razed. My appeal is that the personnel of the military Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, should be drafted to Ukpiam village to create a buffer between Benue and Nasarawa state in the border area to check the attacks because that was where they came from.”
Confirming the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Deputy Superintendent, DSP, Catherine Anene said the Police recorded five deaths in the attack adding that security had been beefed up in the area.
On his part, Field Commander of OPWS, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini said the force was investigating the circumstances surrounding the attack.