Fresh attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Tse Akombo, Tse Vii and Tse Agule communities of Logo local government area of Benue state leaves 16 people dead including the community leader.
Online reports states that after killing 16 people, the invaders, also razed the affected communities, left many with injuries while scores were missing or unaccounted for.
Surviving residents of the communities said that, “the communities came under heavy attack by well-armed herdsmen who stormed the communities late Friday night and operated till the early hours of Saturday.
The eye witness further said “No fewer than 16 persons have been killed in this attack including the village head of Tse village Elder Mlahaga and Terhile Tyozho a prominent farmer in the area”,.
“Another young man from Turan Ward who was displaced by the previous attack among others was also killed while Mr Tyozho’s younger brother and many others are still missing as I speak with you.
“At the moment, there is mass movement of the people in the affected communities including women and children. The situation is quite pathetic because the entire area is like a war zone.
“So far the corpses of some persons including that of the community head have been retrieved by the fleeing community members.
“The fact is that much more must have been killed but we will confirm that in the coming days as more bodies are recovered from the affected communities.”
However, the state Police Command, in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent, ASP, Moses Yamu, confirmed the death of 10 persons in the fresh attack.
The police, in its statement, indicated that among those killed in the attack were 70-year-old Kwaghve Baki and seven-year-old Suushater Kwaghve.
“As we speak a Mobile Police detachment led by the Area Commander in Katsina-Ala local government has been deployed to Logo to forestall further attacks.”
“The state government will make coffins for the about 49 dead bodies, 39 from Guma and 10 from Logo LGAs, which have been deposited at various mortuaries”, he stated.