At least 36 people were killed by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in the Shikaan Mbagena Kpav community in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area in Benue State.
There are reports that the attackers stormed the community in the early hours of Thursday, May 27 and slaughtered the victims, including some students of the College of Education, Katsina Ala.
As a result of the gruesome massacre, Nigerians have taken to social media to condemn what they call an ongoing silent genocide in Benue State.
BenueUnderAttack is trending on social media, with many urging the federal government and security agencies to put an end to the killings by marauding herdsmen.
Actress Kate Henshaw said gory photos emerging from the community have dampened her spirits.
While I am trying to focus on other things, seeing bodies lying on the ground has dampened my spirit somewhat. Why does life mean nothing to our rulers? #BenueUnderAttack Too much blood shed….too much, God.” she wrote.
The number of people who were killed yesterday in Benue State was 36. There is serious genocide taking place in the state. How long will the people endure this insecurity? RETWEET AND SHARE, LET THE WORLD KNOW.” a Twitter user wrote.
One person said: “So after eliminating the TIV Tribe, what is next? Who is next? Nobody would tell me there is no agenda for coordinated & ongoing ethnic cleansing in this country. #BenueUnderAttack is as real as #ChristiansUnderAttack. I am not faking this. I cannot be mincing words.”
The situation in Benue State is disconcerting, yet we remain silent. Hundreds are dying, and thousands are displaced from their homes! It seems Benue is under attack!
Jamal said: “The pictures are so gory. It is sad that these vulnerable people were killed in their homeland. But, to see how they were butchered like cattle is even more upsetting. No one should die like this. #BenueUnderAttack”
“The killings continue apace and nothing substantial has ever been done. If we fail to rise up now, we will all end up losing our lives, our identity and our land! This is a genocide and should be called out!! #BenueUnderAttack
Stop the Genocide in Benue! Nigerians, stand up for Benue! Don’t let our basket get empty! Retweet & Share! #BenueUnderAttack
Fulani Herdsmen attack on the good people are brazen and unprovoked, with villages and communities razed at night, leading to what can be described as genocide, and it’s clear that we are being targeted.”
“Has the government granted immunity to Fulani herdsmen in this country ? They are still killing the indigenous occupants of Benue state in silence. This is pure genocide #BenueUnderAttack”
Nigeria is burning more and more everyday, and the government keeps acting like everything is okay. How many more people do herdsmen have to kill before action is taken? Hundreds in one night ? I can’t handle it #BenueUnderAttack”