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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
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
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
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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