Herdsmen kill over 50 in coordinated attacks on six Benue communities

By Tony Edike on 03/01/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 1,738

Four year old Ushahemba Msuega who was shot at Tom-Atar village by the invaders is still in critical
Four year old Ushahemba Msuega who was shot at Tom-Atar village by the invaders is still in critical

No fewer than than 50 persons including nine members of the Benue State Livestock Guards have been reportedly killed in coordinated attacks on Tom-Atar and Umenge, Akor villages in Guma, Governor Samuel Ortom’s home town and Ayilamo, Turan, Ngambe-Tiev in Logo local government areas of Benue state by suspected herdsmen.

This is just as tearful Governor Samuel Ortom has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari and the federal government to protect the people of the state from blood thirsty herdsmen who are overrunning Benue communities.

The attacks on the communities which started late New Year’s Day continued to the early hours of Tuesday living several persons injured, many homes razed several persons unaccounted for and thousands of people fleeing their ancestral homes.

It was gathered from a reliable source at Tom-Atar that over forty corpses had already been recovered from the three attacked villages in Guma local government while many were still missing.

Governor Ortom who summoned an emergency meeting of the State Security Council Tuesday morning to discuss the matter, told reporters that “from what we have heard, so many innocent people have been killed by these herdsmen.

“You would recall that I made official reports to the federal government about the intended invasion of Benue state by these herdsmen who claimed that they would resist the law. I have never seen where people would come out with this level of impunity.

The Governor who also visited the Benue State University Teaching Hospital to commiserate with the injured and those who lost loved ones said the development was unacceptable.

Ortom who was emotionally move.d said “this is unfortunate, we are living in a country that is presumed to be our own. Security agencies in this country had been aware of the impending attacks and what you are seeing here is just a tip of the iceberg.

“From the report I have gotten so far what has happened is beyond what we are seeing here in Makurdi where some of the dead and injured are being brought for medical attention.

“So many people have been killed, houses razed and some of those killed had their throats slashed, eyes and private organs removed and killed like animals.

“At the moment the entire Logo and Guma and Gums local government areas have been turned into centres for refugees where people are running and fleeing for safety.

“You can imagine that innocent women and children and unarmed people were slaughtered in cold blood just for no reason all because they want to be law abiding. I feel sad about all this. Is this how we are going to continue?

The Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari must arise and give us protection to show that we are truly citizens of this country.

Though we will continue to urge our people to be law abiding but there is a limit that we can go. This is not fair, it is not right and certainly unacceptable.” Ortom said as he fought back tears.

Meanwhile Dr. Gajir Tsoho of the surgery department of the BSUTH said over 30 injured persons had already been moved to the hospital for treatment including four year old boy Ushahemba Msuega who shot and in critical condition.

Meanwhile the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Assistant Superintendent, ASP, Moses Yamu said the command had drafted men to the affected areas to keep the peace. (Vanguard) 

Posted 03/01/2018 08:41:47 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

You may also like...
,Police Arrest Niger Delta Avengers Leaders

I can’t promise 2019 AFCON title, says Rohr...

Unpaid salaries: PDP donates bags of rice to...

DSS wants to arrest me, CUPP leader Ugochinyere...

Finally Senate passes 2018 Budget of N9.12 trillion...

Shi’ites vs Army: Buhari inviting anarchy ahead of...

Buhari’s government most transparent ever – Presidency

Obasanjo is back to PDP

Insecurity worse under Buhari than Jonathan –Sheikh Gumi...

Police arrest A‘Ibom commissioner for allegedly rejecting Buhari’s...

ANAMBRA GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION UPDATE

Ex-Uyo Catholic priest takes a wife, weds in...

 

Latest News Nigeria Elections: There’s a plot to kill Atiku – Ex-APC spokesman Timi Frank American Secretary of State didn’t describe Atiku as corrupt —US Embassy Zamfara, Rivers APC remain banned – INEC Ex-Enugu SSG, Martin Ilo, is dead Many injured, vehicles burnt as thugs attack PDP campaign convoy in Kano Gunmen attack Osinbajo’s convoy in Ilorin Polls: Ohanaeze, MASSOB, IPOB, reaffirm support for Atiku/Obi (Full Communique) Our endorsement of Atiku, Obi sacrosanct —Ohanaeze Order on ballot box snatchers: We’ll act according to the law – Army Buhari orders Army, Police, others to kill ballot box snatchers Outrage as Buhari declares death for ballot box snatchers Ballot box: Buhari showing his true colours with death threat – Atiku

 

Most Read NAFDAC eases processes, cost of registering products for MSMEs (7,658 views) Full Text of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s 2016 Budget Speech (6,517 views) Ex-Heads of State will protect Jonathan from persecution —Kukah (6,212 views) IPOB: ‘We need urgent clarifications on Nnamdi Kanu’s status, whereabouts’, UK Govt tells FG (5,639 views) ASUU strike: Senate intervention ends in deadlock (5,584 views) Ex-governor Adebayo, Keyamo, Arise, others get board appointments (4,590 views) Ugwuanyi commends FG’s siting of ICT University in Enugu (4,485 views) Prince Arthur Eze canvasses support for Buhari, Ugwuanyi (4,483 views) Anambra: INEC releases 37 candidates for Nov poll (4,364 views) Nigeria ripe for Restructuring Now – Nwodo in Chatham House (4,358 views) Buhari has disappointed Nigerians – Arewa Youth Forum (4,336 views) Quit notice: Kaduna Govt obtains bench warrant against Northern youths (4,235 views)

 

SECTIONS NEWS (835) EDITORIAL (6) POLITICS (413) SOCIETY (105) SPORTS (13) BUSINESS (243) HEALTH (16) EDUCATION (20) ENTERTAINMENT (8) INTERNATIONAL (31) TECHNOLOGY (1) COLUMNISTS (0) LETTERS (0) OPINION (10)

 

 

Julius Agwu - Crazy Interview Demands