Nine persons killed in Benue, Delta herders’ attack, market levy crisis

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Nine persons have been killed in Benue and Delta states to suspected herders attack and tussle over market levy.

In the Benue incident, about five persons were reportedly killed by suspected herdsmen, who stormed some villages in Gwer West Local Government Area in the early hours of Friday.

However, some of the armed herdsmen were said to have escaped with gunshot wounds after troops of Operation Whirl Stroke trailed them to the Benue-Nasarawa border and engaged them in a gun duel.

According to locals, the armed herdsmen first invaded Ahume Village along Makurdi/Naka Road and dislodged by the troops who stationed at the village to ward off possible attack by the invaders.

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One of the locals, who identified himself as Aver, said while the troops were patrolling Ahume community, the herdsmen invaded Tse-Nyarei Village and started shooting indiscriminately, killing five people and injuring others including a pregnant woman.

It was learned that the five dead bodies were recovered by security agencies, while three others including a pregnant woman were rescued alive with severe gunshot injuries even as many were said to still be missing.

The local added that the dead bodies had been evacuated and the injured taken to hospital for treatment.

Aver said, “Last night there was a distress call that herdsmen attacked Ahume Village along Makurdi-Naka Road. As troops stationed in Kula Village were alerted, the bandits ran to another village Tse Nyarei where they killed three people.

“Many others were injured. The soldiers followed and met the bandits at the river bank on the border between Benue and Nasarawa states where they exchanged fire with them. They however crossed the river and escaped into Nasarawa State.”

In Delta State, four persons died during an alleged lingering market tussle between Iwhreko and Ekiugbo communities in the Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State.

The victims were three male and a female whose identity could not be immediately ascertained as at press time.