Suspected herders kill five in Benue attack


No fewer than five people were reportedly killed by suspected herdsmen on Friday in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.

The incident, according to a source who did not want to be named happened around 1:00 pm on Friday.

“The Fulani herders invaded Tse Alashi, Kaambe community in Guma local government around 1:00 pm today (Friday).

“They killed four people who were on their farm and also moved to a where some people were moulding burnt bricks and killed two people,” the source said.

Confirming the report, the Chairman of Guma local government, Caleb Aba, said suspected herders stormed the community in the afternoon and killed three people who were on their farm.

“The incident happened around 1:00 pm this afternoon, some Fulani herders invaded a community called Tse Alashi and killed three people who were working on their farm. They also moved to a place where people were laying burnt bricks and killed two people.

The chairman said he had informed police about the invasion and added that there were no injured ones.

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The Security Adviser to the State Governor, Lt. Col. Paul Hemba (retd.) also confirmed the killing, saying, some people were killed.

“It was an unprovoked attack, the people were on their farm working when the herders surrounded them and killed them,” the security adviser said in a telephone interview.

When contacted, the State Police Command spokesperson, SP Catherine Anene, confirmed the attack but said she had yet to receive a report of the killing.

“We have information on the attack but I have not heard of any killing until the team drafted to the place arrives,” Anene said.

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