Benue Killings: Police arrest eight herdsmen

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The Police in Benue say they have arrested eight herdsmen over the death of 10 persons and seven livestock guards in Guma and Logo Local Governments of the state on Monday.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Moses Yamu, announced this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Makurdi.

“Eight herdsmen, six in Guma and two in Logo, had been arrested in connection with the attacks,” the police spokesman said.

He added that the command had made additional deployments to the troubled area to forestall further occurrence and restore confidence of the people.

Mr. Yamu stressed the situation in the two local government areas had been brought under control while investigation was ongoing.

He said: “They attacked Tomater village in Sengev Council ward, Akor village in Nzorov council ward and Bakin Kwata village in Umanger council ward of Guma LGA.

“Among those killed were seven (7) members of Benue State Livestock Guards, their vehicle burnt and an uncertain number of persons injured in separate attacks between 31/12/2017 and 02/01/2018.

“Again, Agba-Uko near Azege village and Tse-Aga village of Logo LGA experienced the same fate, where one person was killed, one motorcycle burnt and four persons injured.

“All the injured from both LGAs are currently undergoing treatment in various hospitals in the State.”

According to him, five combined teams of mobile and conventional policemen led by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Operations, Emmanuel Adesina, have engaged the armed herdsmen in a gun duel in Guma.

The Benue governor said on Tuesday that 20 people were killed in the attacks.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Benue Anti-Open Grazing Law came into effect on November 1, 2017 to forestall attacks on Benue communities by suspected herders.

The law stipulates five year jail term or an option of N1 million fine for violators.

The attack is the first by suspected herdsmen since the law came into effect.

(NAN)


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  • PolyGon2013

    Since they killed their victims, all those herdsmen must be executed.

    • KELLOGGS

      The way I see it, the herdsmen could actually be begging Buhari and Sanusi Lamido not to attack and retaliate, but the two force them to attack these victims.

  • Julius

    Herdsmen my ass, they are terrorists probably member of BK roaming towns and villages free. They need to be executed like they are doing to their victims. Enough of this nonsense.

    • Okakuoofbenin

      And who do you expect to order the execution? Buhari the Miyetti Allah life patron? Keep dreaming….
      Next time use your head when voting.

      • Julius

        …And you keep voting with your anus….clown !

  • Say the truth

    It is time for Benue people to stand up for themselves if you wait for these liars you are dead. Buhari , Buratai, Munguno, Danbazau and IGP are fulanis, they are evil and do not mean well for you.

  • Bassey Frank

    They issued notice of their intended attack; and they did. Who is going to punish them? They own Nigeria for now. I would not be surprised if they strike again soonest because they know nothing will happen.