Armed herdsmen attack Benue Community, kill 15, houses razed

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Armed Herdsmen on Sunday, attacked Igama village in Edumoga Ehaje community, Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State, killing atleast 15 persons.

Edumoga Ehaje, which is the community of Sen. Abba Moro’s home town, was attacked by the herdsmen as early as 7 am on Sunday.

According to a source, houses were razed and pulled down during the attack.

“They invaded Igama this morning (Sunday) when the people were preparing to attend church services. They came well-armed and anyone they caught up with was killed,” a source said.

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“Though we cannot precisely say the number of persons killed because corpses are still being recovered and from the information we have, 15 people may have been killed and several others are still missing. Nine corpses have so far been recovered but the search for more of the corpses is ongoing”.

Confirming the attack, Mrs Amina Audu, Chairman of Okpokwu LGA, said that the attack was unprovoked.

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The Council Boss said the herdsmen came in their hundreds shooting innocent residents at sight.

She said: “I am at the Okpoga Police Station as I speak with you and I can confirm that we have received nine corpses that have been moved to the mortuary but the number could be far more than that because we learned they chased the people into the bushes and killed them there.

“The armed herders invaded the community about 7 am today (yesterday). The people ran for their lives and anyone they caught was killed.

“Besides, they also pulled down all the houses in Igama community.

“Affected women and children have also been taken to Ojapo, the ward headquarters for safety and I am heading there to ensure that they are in good condition.”

 

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