Many Missing As Death Toll In Benue Herdsmen Attack Rises To 59 | Disturbing Image

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Many Missing As Death Toll In Benue Herdsmen Attack Rises To 59 | Disturbing Image

The death toll from the attack on

communities in Logo Local Government

Area of Benue State by suspected Fulani

herdsmen has risen to 59, a lawmaker

representing the constituency in the

State House of Assembly, said on

Sunday.

The herdsmen, said to number over

3000, spread across Turan council ward

in Logo LGA and were moving round,

destroying houses and farms between

late Saturday night and early hours of

Sunday.

The attack by the herdsmen reportedly

left a large number of members of the

community with varying degrees of

injuries while several others were still

reported missing and property worth

millions of naira destroyed.

A source said the armed herdsmen

stormed the Gabo Nenzev community

in large numbers from the

neighbouring Nasarawa State, shooting

sporadically and burning down houses

at sight.

This was also as the marauders invaded

Ugondo, also in Logo LGA, killing no

fewer than 15 persons on Saturday.

The attacks came less than a week after

Governor Samuel Ortom sent an

Executive Bill to the state House of

Assembly, criminalizing cattle grazing

in the state.

Confirming the attacks, the member

representing Logo State Constituency in

the Benue House of Assembly, Mr.

Kester Kyange, said “as of this

morning (Sunday), the calls I made

confirmed to me that about 59 persons

including a traditional ruler were killed

while many others are still missing. The

women, children and the elderly have

all fled their homes to take refuge in

Ugba, headquarters of Logo LG”.

The lawmaker said he had already

visited his constituency to commiserate

with the families of victims and met

with the council leadership, traditional

rulers and security agencies to find

lasting solutions to the insurgency.

Kyange, however, called on President

Muhammadu Buhari to come up with a

clear policy that would end the

incessant clash between Fulani

herdsmen and farmers in the country.

In a related development, the Benue

Police Command spokesman, Moses

Yamu, confirmed that there were other

attacks in the early hours of Sunday,

disclosing that more mobile policemen

had been drafted to the area to

forestall further attacks.

Mr. Yamu, an Assistant Superintendent

of Police, said the police had been

mobilised and deployed to the area to

ensure that the incident did not

escalate beyond the present level.

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