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10 Killed, 300 Homeless As Fulani Herdsmen Invade Benue Villages

At least 10 persons were killed, scores injured and about 300 displaced on Sunday, February 7, 2016 as Fulani herdsmen invaded at Tom-Anyiin and Tom-Ataan communities, Mbaya, Tombu in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State.

The Council Chairman, Godwin Iorsue, the Divisional Police Officer at Buruku, the Area Commander and other stakeholders who were on an assessment in the area were reportedly ambushed and attacked by the herdsmen.

Vanguard reports that the renewed crisis between the herdsmen and the farmers have created a huge refugee situation in the area .

A source from one of the affected communities narrated how the Fulani herdsmen iarrived in the late night of Saturday, February 6. 2016 and shot sporadically, burnt down houses, huts, food barn, farmland and economic trees.

“As I speak with you, fighting is still raging in the affected communities. Although I cannot give you a precise figure of the dead, about 10 have been killed, many are missing and many others sustained injures,” the anonymous source said

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The Council Chairman, Mr. Godwin Iorsue, said that he had invited senior security officers to accompany him in assessing the situation, when they were ambushed and attacked by the herdsmen.

Iorsue said: “It was only God that saved us. They were over 30 and well armed while we had only four armed police officers with us. Our cars were perforated with bullets.”

Confirming the attacks, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Moses Yamu, said: “The people ran away from their communities in fear of a possible attack by Fulani herdsmen, but there were neither killing nor destruction of property in the area.

“I can confirm that the DPO, the Area Commander, the Caretaker Council Chairman and selected stakeholders were attacked by suspected herdsmen when they visited to assess the situation in the area.”

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