Eleven people were killed as suspected Fulani herdsmen stormed the Igama Edumoga community in the Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State.
It was gathered that the attackers who invade the community in the early hours of Sunday, June 12, also razed all the buildings.
According to the residents, those killed are all youths as the perpetrators left the children and women to escape unhurt.
A source said, “The attackers are Fulani herdsmen they stormed the community in a commando manner between 4 am and 6 am this morning (Sunday). They killed some of the youths in the village and spared the elderly, children, and women as they allowed them to run away,”
Confirming the attack, the chairman of the local government, Mrs. Amina Audu, said nine corpses had so far been recovered from the scene.
She explained that though, three corpses had been brought to Okpoga, the local government headquarters, and added that six more corpses were on the way.
“I had the report that the Fulani herders stormed Igama community between 4:00 am and 6:00 am today,” Mrs. Audu stated.
She added, “As I am talking to you now, am in the police station at Okpoga, three corpses have been brought from the community and people from the area just told me that they are on their way coming with another six corpses to be taken to the mortuary.
“The attackers were said to have left women, children, and the elderly to run away but attacked and killed youths in the community. So also, they burnt down all the houses in the community.”
SP Catherine Anene the spokesperson of the State Police Command confirmed the attack to newsmen in Makurdi.
The PPRO said, “The incident is confirmed but the command is yet to receive details from officers who went to the scene.”