By Andy Chukwu
The Benue State Police Command has confirmed five people were killed in a fresh attack on Tse Ioreleegeb, Babai council ward of Guma Local Government area of Benue State by suspected herdsmen.
Source within the area that the marauders who stormed the community in the late hours of Tuesday from neighbouring Nasarawa State, attacked the community shooting sporadically and killing anyone in sight.
“The invaders also burnt down houses, huts and farmlands in the community. As we speak the people who were taken unawares are moving in droves out of the community to neigbouring villages and Daudu for fear of being killed,” a source said.
Confirming the incident, Mr. Anthony Shawon, Guma local government council chairman, said ten people were killed in the attack
“Ten persons were killed in the attack and the village has been razed. My appeal is that the personnel of the military Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) should be drafted to Ukpiam village to create a buffer between Benue and Nasarawa state in the border area to check the attacks because that was where they came from,” he appealed.
Deputy Superintendent of Police ( DSP) Catherine Anene, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the State Command, while confirming five deaths deaths in the attack assured that security had been beefed up in the area.
Major General Adeyemi Yekini, Field Commander of OPWS, said the force was investigating the circumstances surrounding the attack.