At least five individuals have been slain by gunmen alleged to be herders in Tse-Ahentse village, Ndzorov council ward, Guma Local Government Area, Benue State.
Following the incident, which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, March 8, several individuals received gunshot wounds.
Villagers who talked to Daily Trust said they were sleeping when the attackers, who they believe were armed herders, attacked the neighbourhood and began firing firearms at random.
Caleb Aba, the Chairman of Guma LGA, confirmed the tragic occurrence, stating that the incident occurred between 4:00 and 5:30 a.m.
“Between 4 and 5:30 a.m., these innocent individuals were asleep in their homes when suspected armed herders assaulted the village and began shooting. According to Aba, they killed five members of the village and injured two more.
“There had been no prior provocation to justify such attacks.” Tse Ahentse is the name of the village. However, the situation has now calmed down. Security personnel are on the scene.
“Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) is even located near the scene in Iordye village, but I’m not sure what kept them there for so long because when the shooting started, someone ran to inform them, but they couldn’t come until the herders had done what they wanted and left before they went to the place.”
Meanwhile, Alhaji Risku Mohammed, the State Chairman of the Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), said the incident was brought to his attention during a security meeting with the state government in Makurdi on Tuesday, and that he has contacted his members while waiting to hear from them if they have any information on the matter.
SP Catherine Anene, a spokesperson for the State Police Command, verified the incident but stated that four individuals were killed.
“The assassination in the Guma Local Government Area has been confirmed. Four people were killed, and one person is still being treated. An investigation is ongoing, according to Anene.