Few days after a peace meeting was broketed between Fulani herdsmen and Agatu community in Benue State, some cmmunities in same axis came under attack early hours of Tuesday where at least eight persons have been reportedly killed.
A fresh attack on the communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen took place in parts of Logo local Government Area of state.
The attack is coming on the heels of the Agatu massacre where over 300 person were killed in over one week of sustained offensive on Agatu communities by suspected Fulani mercenaries.
The latest attackers invaded four villages including Tse Chia, Tse Nhumbe, Deghkia and Ngorukgan at about 2am, shooting sporadically and burning down houses and huts in the affected communities.
According to the source, “it was a coordinated attack on the four villages by the well armed herdsmen who stormed our villages in large number, around 2am today and shooting sporadically.
“It was the sound of their gunshot that woke everyone from sleep resulting in a stampede and the gunning down and macheting of about 8 persons though the causality figure maybe more than that because many person are still unaccounted for just as scores sustained serious injuries.
“As I speak with you the affected villages have been deserted and the invaders have taken over and people have fled to Anyii, Ugba and Abeda towns, in their thousands, for fear of being killed.
“It’s a pathetic situation, the development has inflicted untold hardship on women, children and the elderly who are trekking long distances in search of safe haven and awaiting the intervention of security operatives.”
The State Police Command has feigned ignorance as the time of filing this report,.
Meanwhile, Benue State Commissioner of Police, Paul Yakadi, on Tuesday said in Makurdi that herdsmen had started leaving the state on their own volition to end the ongoing crisis with farmers.
He noted that the decision of the herdsmen to leave the state would give peace a chance.
“The herdsmen have started leaving the state for peace to reign. They are leaving in their numbers, but that does not mean the crisis has ended.
“We believe that in no distant time peace will return in the affected local governments and the people will return to their homes again.
“My men are trying their best to end this crisis. Our people too must learn to live with one another and manage disagreement amicably without violence,” he advised.