Police confirm 45 dead in Benue attack

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The Benue State command of the Nigerian Police has confirmed that 45 people were killed early Sunday when gunmen, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, attacked Egba village in Agatu Local Government Area of the state.

The spokesperson for the command, Austin Ezeani, who made the confirmation to PREMIUM TIMES over the telephone, also said several others who were injured in the attack, were receiving treatment.

“As at yesterday evening I can confirm that 45 persons were killed, but whether the figure has risen can only be ascertained later today,” he said.

There are reports that over 60 people, including women and children, were killed in the pre-dawn attack.

The member representing Apa/Agatu at the Benue State House of Assembly, Audu Sule, was quoted by the Punch newspaper as saying at least 60 bodies had been evacuated.

Mr. Sule said gunmen usually crossed over from Nasarawa State to kill locals without provocation.
He said those who survived the attack were taking refuge in Obagaji/Ogbalu, the headquarters of Agatu LGA.

Vanguard quoted a source as saying 90 bodies had been recovered.

The police spokesperson, Mr. Ezeani, said the Commissioner of Police on Monday led top security officials to the area to assess the damage. Exact details of the attack will be made available after the visit, he said.

He said the attackers are suspected to have come in from neighbouring Nasarawa state, and that they raided the community after crossing a nearby river.

“They crossed over the river and caught both the villagers and security personnel unawares,” he said.

There have been frequent attacks in the area mostly between the natives and Fulani herdsmen.

The Police spokesperson however said the command has not made any arrest, adding that investigation has since commenced.


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  • Olu

    The people of Middle Belt are cowards. Fight back and kill all their cattle. Hit them hard. Cattle is the means of the livelihood. Kill them and fight back. Jimmy Cliff sings: “Stand up and fight back – you got nothing lose. Ever since generations, they’ve been saying it could change and but nothing seem to change. So, stand up and fight back for you got nothing to lose.”

    • Umar Dendi

      Not that I’m condoning this or even support it,
      But, who are these MIddle Belt(erns) you are talking about?
      Niger?
      Kogi?
      Benue?

    • CHRISTOPHER AGBO

      Olu, these people are innocent village farmers, their only job is farming and these Fulani people have taken it from them, my mother is from Benue I have been to Benue they are a peaceful group of people if you say they should fight back you will be igniting violence, we already have enough deaths in Nigeria, what you should have said is that Jonadaft should send troops to protect them but he wouldn’t because he is a coward.

  • The report says “suspected Fulani herdsmen” but they are not Fulanis. These people are MASSOB members parading as Fulani herdsmen. PDP knows who is behind this senseless killing. They just want to scare people from voting for Buhari. After all, the lives of poor Nigerians do not matter very much to Jonathan and PDP. So they can waste a few to canvas for Christian votes.

    • Umar Dendi

      Proofs!
      Proofs!!
      If you don’t have any, keep your peace!

      • Wähala

        You’re one and same asshole… a hopeless Aborigine indeed. Banza!

        • Umar Dendi

          Pathetic baseborn!
          so says a cretin!
          No wonder you dorks are stuck flaying with the gray stock!
          Hopelessness, thats you-personified! Idio*

          • Wähala

            I’ve made my point, you can keep smarting… Aborigine!

          • Umar Dendi

            The fact that you “Think” you’ve made any point says it all!
            The biggest morons and dumbbells in Nigeria haven’t stooped this low!!

          • Haven’t you seen that you are even more baastard now?

        • Your just nothing but a useless soul.

      • Massob the killer of innocent souls in Benue.

        • Umar Dendi

          Do you have any Evidence?
          If NOT then keep your peace!
          Accusations like these are too serious for a stray chatter!

    • Wähala

      You’re the same baastard who just posted @disqus_lzpVDXc1cM:disqus with the same warped logic. Why would MASSOB attack innocent villagers, has the group been indicted or implicated in previous attacks? MASSOB are buy in faraway Umuahia demonstrating against INEC and for Dumbo but here you are making a public ass of your illiterate self. Truly, some of you in that Nigeria need to gathered like logs and set on fire… you’re a worthless assnut. Id*ot!

      • Why will Fulani attack innocent villagers? You have revealed yourself today. So you are from the south east. I stop to like you. You can be assured that you are more baastard than myself and you will soon find out. Useless soul.

    • the truth

      u need mental check. You are indeed a disgrace not only to your family, your neighbours but also to your ancestors. Thinking according to @wahala is not for everyone indeed

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      May Amadioha do the needful on you !!

      • May Amadioha do the needful on you, massob and Jonathan the murderer of Nigerians.

    • McAlfred Uta

      MASSOB in a border town between Benue and Nassarawa. Not even on the Enugu State side of the border. I wonder how you manage to make a post in this forum after displaying crass ignorance and demagogic illiteracy.

      • Are there no vehicles to convey them to Benue state? How did Nigerian soldiers get to the north east? Can you see that you are even more ignorant and lack capacity to think? Now let me ask you. How did you get to this forum?

  • Umar Dendi

    Blames and counter blames!
    “Suspected Fulani” ? “Suspected MASSOB” ?

    Signs of a Dysfunctional Nation!

    • Wähala

      You’re the same baastard who just posted @disqus_lzpVDXc1cM:disqus with the same warped logic. Why would MASSOB attack innocent villagers, has the group been indicted or implicated in previous attacks? MASSOB are buy in faraway Umuahia demonstrating against INEC and for Dumbo but here you are making a public ass of your illiterate self. Truly, some of you in that Nigeria need to gathered like logs and set on fire… you’re a worthless asshole. Id*ot!

      • Umar Dendi

        Oh, Now I am someone else!
        Well, I won’t degenerate to the lame standards of you simpletons!
        Idiots will always be idiots, folks like you are the problem of Nigeria

      • You are really empty. So everybody to you now is Peace_3. Can’t you see now that you are more baastard? MASSOB IS BOKO HARAM AND FULANI HERDSMEN ARE MASSOB. Baastard from everlasting to everlasting.

    • Fairgame

      Violent sharia tout and Islamist. Your Buhari cannot and has never called his boys to order. The blood of monkeys and baboons soaking the streets excite him. But his days are numbered. Evil APC. You will watch and see when born to rule will be forever buried. Nigeria must be restructured based on the outcome of the national conference. Evil AMINU Tambuwal who vowed to stop the implementation of the resolutions is on his way out and you will see with your eyes as Nigeria is restructured by President Jonathan in his second term and each state will have its own state police which is one of the resolutions. Evil APC

      • Umar Dendi

        Tout, like Alhaji Dokumbo Asari???
        or Namadi???
        I’ve never been caught with my pants down!
        By all means! Lets NOT Restructure NIGERIA, LETS Dissolve Nigeria!
        No one needs to live with low lives anyway!

      • You are not different in reasoning than your cloned brother wahala.

    • the truth

      u need mental check. You are indeed a disgrace not only to your family, your neighbours but also to your ancestors. Thinking according to @wahala is not for everyone indeed

      • Umar Dendi

        When the feisty neurons in your Neanderthal brain do calm down, maybe you’ll be able to make just enough sense to the ticks up your A Hole!
        Some people are just really natural-born-dimwits I see!!!

        • These subhuman beings reason alike. Whether Fairgame, the truth, wahala or redeem, they have the same level of reasoning- very low.

    • MASSOB IS THE ENIGMA CALLED FULANI HERDSMEN.

      • Umar Dendi

        Blames and counter Blames as I said,
        And they are not really helping!

  • favourtalk

    We will get it right soon with the hand of change that is coming to power.

    • Fairgame

      Nonsense. The very spiritual guide and supporter of the murderous fulani herdsmen and Boko haram is your change? You need to have your dumb head examined. Bokohari is headed for prison. Buhari is prisoner in waiting.

  • Fairgame

    Nigeria must be restructured based in the resolutions of the National conference and one of the key resolutions is state police. President Jonathan is committed to implementing the resolutions while Buhari and evil APC are fighting it. Infact Aminu Tambuwal vowed to block the implementation of the resolutions but with this election we will get a new house leadership and together with the steady leadership of the senate the resolutions will be fully implemented. All this madness of fulani herdsmen killing and maiming people all over the country will be stopped because it will be fire for fire. In Abia Fulani herdsmen were raping women when they went to their farms. This all must stop. On the resolutions of the national conference we stand. Evil APC will not take Nigetia backwards.

    • You are just as empty as the empty baastsrd wahala whose life will be full of wahala from now onward.

  • Fairgame

    Nigeria must be restructured based on the resolutions of the National conference and one of the key resolutions is state police. President Jonathan is committed to implementing the resolutions while Buhari and evil APC are fighting it. Infact Aminu Tambuwal vowed to block the implementation of the resolutions but with this election we will get a new house leadership and together with the steady leadership of the senate the resolutions will be fully implemented. All this madness of fulani herdsmen killing and maiming people all over the country will be stopped because it will be fire for fire. In Abia Fulani herdsmen were raping women when they went to their farms. This all must stop. On the resolutions of the national conference we stand. Evil APC will not take Nigeria backwards.

    • I really wonder the kind of low quality substance used in creating you people. Your brother Wahala has just revealed the emptiness in him. You people need recreation.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Fulani herds men enjoy killing Yorubas because they were taught from childhood that the Yorubas are their subjects whose lives do not matter !!

    • Fairgame

      Not only Yorubas. Any non Fulani is in the words of their leader Buhari ‘monkey and baboon’. Evil APC

      • Wherever you make you always reveal the emptiness in you.

  • MASSOB MEMBERS ARE THE ONES TRANSFORMING INTO “FULANI HERDSMEN” KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE IN THE NORTH. IF NOT GOVERNMENT SHOULD PRODUCE THE REAL FULANI HERDSMEN FOR ALL TO SEE.

  • Chief Ovie Obaro (JP)

    IS NIGERIA A COUNTRY? Or is it a CONTINENT? Why are we like this?

    That herdsmen can storm a community and kill over 80 in their sleep would cause a ‘Country’ to stand still. But even if 2m people are killed in their sleep tonight, by tomorrow morning apc’s Liar Mohammed will be cheerfully waiting to use the opportunity to run down Jonathan’s govt and give Nigerians 2m reasons why they should vote for apc and not PDP.

    80+ are dead. The so called civil liberty organizations will not protest. The toothless Pastor’s wife will not wear her red uniform and hit the streets to protest. No hash-tag like ‘#FulaniStopTheKillings’ will be promoted by any Oloye. There will be no demonstrations anywhere in Nigeria to protest for 80 persons who died (Not abducted). Why? Because they live in a continent run as though it were a country. Oh yes! They are gone. Life goes on. Tomorrow PT will prefer to give us stories of Faka’s Pidgin English than an Editorial on Northern provocative ‘gestures’ towards the rest of Nigeria.

    The whole of Benue is about 3-4m people. An AK 47 per citizen 17+ will not cost too much for the state or FGN. Therefore, every adult should be given a machine with sufficient magazine for self defense & protection of property. This is my sincere suggestion. So that when they come next time, the community will be able to shoot back. It is sad that these idiots killed all that number and not a single bullet was fired in the opposite direction.

    The British caused a serious problem in 1914. And until we have the courage to reverse the evil amalgamation of 1914, we will continue to have killings like this bcos people see themselves as aliens to each other and not as countrymen.

    May the Almighty God help Nigeria break up ASAP so that the flow of blood can stop. Amen!

    • redeem

      George Bush once described Nigeria as a Continent-separation is the only solution–the Benue epole themselves are as unsable as the morinng star—–let them go and vote for————APC ati fulkani buhari

      • Again you have shown how badly your lever of reasoning is. Did you read the story? Even if you did your head is so twisted that you will not understand a thing. I think it is the same poor quality material that was used to creat you, Fairgame and wahala whose life is full of wahala. Poor you.

    • Your indoctrinated way of reasoning has prevented you from asking some useful questions. Why the attacks without provocation? Where were the police when the killing was going on? Why hasn’t the government arrested any “Fulani” herdsmen since the killing stated about two years ago? Why would Buhari want to kill the people whose votes he needs to win the election? If you were Buhari would you permit such killing in your name knowing the huge electoral implications? A third force in the government is behind this killings and that’s why the government is not doing anything about it. MASSOB COULD BE THE THIRD FORCE.

      • Total

        Good question. “Why would Buhari want to kill the people whose votes he needs to win the election? If you were Buhari would you permit such killing in your name”? So you guys know how to ask reasonable question when it matters? You have been trying to make us believe all this while that Jonathan is the one killing through boko haram. You see now, its not good to be indoctrinated, zombie or stereotyped.

        • The zombies with stereotyped minds are found mostly in the south east and south south. You guys have been thought to think one-way.

  • redeem

    The story is the same from Enugu to Bayelsa to Ibadan—-with these fulani———murderers——–headed by buhari

    • Kwame

      I really pity this ur Nigeria sometimes. U pple need to hold a meeting and take a stand. Too much bad blood and hatred and insincerity and deception. But it is clear that smthing is wrong. Decide on break up or whatever. I am sure the rest of africa & the world will welcome it.

      all the best!

    • Your little mind cannot take you above this sordid level of reasoning.

  • MASSOB MEMBERS ARE THE ONES PARADING AS FULANI HERDSMEN. THEY ARE THE KILLERS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE. THIS IS WHY GOVERNMENT HAD NOT ARRESTED AND PROSECUTE ANY FULANI HERDSMEN SINCE THE KILLED STATED ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO.

  • MASSOB IS THE ENIGMA CALLED FULANI HERDSMEN. THEY HAVE BRANCHES IN THE EAST, OGUN, TARABA, BENUE, NASSARAWA, PLATEAU AND KADUNA.

  • Peace_333

    Many Nigerians feed themselves with the naked lie that there is a country. These group of Mumus are the same who flock to the comment section whenever there is an attack on her Royal Highness – Princess Faka of Okrika, by overzealous online media outfits. The same Mumus however will not come here to post their ever watery comments when their brothers in arms (Boko haram & Fulani herdsmen) kill the innocent in their sleep.

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  • Otile

    Utangirma Allah. When Arna Gowon and Danjuma attacked Igbo people the Benue Plateau and Gongola defunct states helped them, fortunately these days brave Fulani people are attacking them and they are powerless to defend themselves. Tomorrow they will accuse President Jonathan of not retaliating for them. Where is Alhaji Yakubu Danjuma? Where is Arna Jackass Yakubu Gowon?

    Karma is at work.

  • richkid

    Apc just want to raise tension all the places GEJ has supporters.

  • richkid

    You cannot stop our support for GEJ. Gej till 2019

  • MASSOB = BOKO HARAM = FULANI HERDSMEN. THESE ARE THE KILLERS OF INNOCENT NIGERIANS FOR SELFISH POLITICAL REASONS.