Fulani herdsmen have attacked Akuroko village in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, leaving about 34 dead, just hours after they killed scores at Nzorov ward in Iyordye Akaahena village.
“They came from neighboring Nasarawa State, this (yesterday) morning in their numbers as usual, armed with sophisticated weapons and invaded Akuroko village. They were shooting and burning any structure in sight,” according to a source.
“A lot of people have been displaced, some killed, many injured and lots more are currently missing. But I cannot tell you the exact figure of those that may have been killed until we are able to know the condition of people.
“But for now I can say that about 34 persons have lost their lives in this attack with many sustaining serious injuries.
“In fact, our major worry is the threat by the invaders that they would continue to invade our communities until they take over Gbajimba, the local government headquarters.
“We are disturbed because it seemed the police in Gbajimba have been overwhelmed by the persistent attacks on communities in Guma Local Government Area. From all indications, no where is safe anymore in the area.”
Confirming the attack, Chairman of Guma Local Government, Mr. Frank Adii said, “As I speak to you, fighting is still raging in that village which has recorded about 10 deaths, while others who sustained injuries are currently receiving treatment at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital.”
Adii said he had already contacted the Commandant of the Nigerian Army Airborne Brigade, Makurdi, for assistance as the Police in Gbajimba seemed helpless.
Former Benue State Head of Service, Mike Iyordye, whose house was burnt down in Friday’s attack, also confirmed the latest attack, although he said he couldn’t ascertain the level of destruction.
Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Deputy Superintendent Daniel Ezeala, however could not confirm the incident as he said he was yet to be briefed.