Suspected Fulani herdsmen have reportedly stormed Gbemacha council ward in Gwer Local Government Area of Benue state, killing an elderly man and three others in a midnight raid on the community.
Vanguard gathered from an eyewitness that the herdsmen had in the last few weeks moved into the community with herds of cows which destroyed several cassava farms in the area.
“They development did not go down well with youths of the area who tried to resist them but were equally countered by the armed herdsmen who besieged the community in their numbers and sacked the locals from their homes.”
Speaking on the issue at Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) accountability briefing in Makurdi, the Special Adviser to the State Governor, Bureau for Lands and Survey, Prof. Jonathan Uever, who hails from the area, said the attack was unprovoked.
“They were not provoked in any way, from what I gathered from my people who have been giving me update on the crisis in the last three days, the herdsmen stormed Gbemacha council ward and everybody ran for their lives," Mr. Uever said. “They took over our community and broke into people’s houses, destroyed food barns and whatever food the they saw were burnt.
“After that they went and hid near a popular well in the community laying wait for the people, the first person they saw was an elderly man, they shot and slaughtered him including three others."