Five timber traders were killed in an attack by suspected herdsmen in Udei in the Guma local government area of Benue State, while ten others are missing.
The incident occurred on June 20, Monday evening.
It was determined that 15 lumber merchants had entered the Udei forest to carry wood when they were ambushed by armed herders.
Caleb Aba, head of the Guma local government, confirmed the attack on Tuesday and said that herders may have ambushed the merchants.
“The event occurred yesterday evening (Monday) when a group of commercial timber traders went to the forest to retrieve their timber. They had loaded the lumber and were returning when they were ambushed. “There were fifteen of them,” he stated.
“Five bodies have been recovered thus far, and ten individuals have not been seen. I cannot say if they were slain or abducted, but they are being searched for as we speak,” he continued.
The victims Igbadio Dookaan, Ukor IgbataorTsebee, and Kwaghji have been identified.
Earlier on Tuesday, the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) Chairman, Guma local government area Hon. Uyina Jerome, the Guma Council Chairman elect Dr. Ubah Mike, the wife of Commissioner land and solid minerals Benue State Mrs. Unenge Ann, the Hon. Anongu Moses Assistant Legal Adviser Benue State PDP, the Hon. Cuba Datso Youth leader PDP Makurdi local government area, and others paid a condolence visit