Armed groups suspected of being herders invaded three communities in the Guma Municipal Government Area of Benue state in the early hours of Sunday morning, killing 13 people. A local man disguised as Sachir says that suspected shepherds entered Tse Lgar, where eight people were reportedly killed.
Three people were also said to have been killed at Tse- Magu and another two people were killed at Tse-Dudu in Daudu all in Guma LGA.
“The herders stormed Tse- Magu, Tse Lgar and Tse Dudu simultaneously while the people were asleep. It was the gunshots that woke many of them and were caught unaware.
“At the end of the attacks, eight people were killed at Tse- Lgar, three people killed at Tse-magu and two others killed at Tse-dudu in Daudu. So in all 13 people were killed and some people injured.”
The chairman of the local government, Mike Uba confirmed that 13 people were killed. He spoke through the local Government Security Adviser, Christopher Waku, who also confirmed the attacks.
“Yes, some suspected herders, again, early hours of today (Sunday) invaded three villages; Tse-Lgar, Tse-magu and Tse Dudu all in the local government and killed 13 people.
Waku said that the attacks were unprovoked.
But the state command spokesperson, Catherine Anene, when contacted said she was yet to receive such information.
cc: Punch Ng