Suspected herders kill four people and burn houses in Benue

Four people were reportedly killed in separate attacks by suspected herders on two communities in Guma Local Government Area, Benue State.

Several houses were also reportedly razed by the marauding shepherds.

Last week, nine people were killed in separate attacks in the same Guma LGA by suspected herders.

Coincidentally, the Governor of the State, Samuel Ortom hails from Guma LGA.

In the latest attacks which occurred on Friday and in the early hours of Saturday; On September 9 and 10, 2022, residents told our correspondent by telephone that the alleged herders had invaded several communities and killed four people.

Three people were reportedly killed in the Yogbo community on Friday evening and another killed in the Ukohol community in the early hours of Saturday.

A resident who did not want to be named said: “Two women were killed behind Yogbo Primary School and another also in the community yesterday (Friday).

“By the way, the chairman of the local government comes from this village (Yogbo).

“Today (Saturday) the attackers killed one person in Ukohol. They also burned many houses in several villages that were attacked in the area.

Residents of affected communities were found to have fled in fear of further attacks.

Confirming the attacks, local government chairman Mike Ubah said four people were killed in the attacks.

“Four people were killed. Three of them in Yogboh while the last one was killed in Ukohor during the said period,” the president said in a terse statement to reporters on Saturday.

Efforts to get State Command Public Relations Officer Catherine Anene to comment on the attacks were unsuccessful as she did not respond to calls from our correspondent.

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