Fulani Herdsmen Strike Again, Invade Igbongun In Benue, Kill 15

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Suspected Fulani herdsmen on Monday invaded Igbongun com­munity in Tsaav Ward of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State, killing five people.
Only last Sunday, 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.
A source told The AUTHOR­ITY 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.
He claimed that six motorcy­cles were carted away by the ram­paging herdsmen.
The District Head of Tsaav, His Royal Highness (HRH) Jo­seph Ivuen, told The AUTHOR­ITY that the attack was unwar­ranted because they have never had issues with the Fulani cattle rearers.

The monarch said that the community had been deserted for fear of further attacks and called on the Federal Govern­ment to provide a lasting solu­tion to the continued invasion of Benue villages by the herdsmen.
The Chairman of Ukum Lo­cal Government Area, Hon. Si­mon Kachina, who confirmed the attacks, said that they were strange because 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.”

 

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