BREAKING: Herdsmen Kill Scores In Benue Over Murder Of ‘Elderly Fulani’ Man
Suspected herdsmen have killed scores of residents during a Sunday morning attack on Ndobasi community in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State.
The chairman of Ado LGA, James Oche, confirmed the incident in a phone interview with THE WHISTLER.
Oche said the casualty figure in the attack was sketchy, but a resident told this website that more than 100 people were feard killed by the rampaging herders.
“We have a lot of security issues in Ado Local Government Area. In the early hours of this morning, Fulani herdsmen attacked a community called Ndobasi,” said Oche.
“We have sent men of the army’s Operation Whirl Stroke there. I don’t have details of the casualty for now, but it happened overnight in the remote community, so I am waiting for more information. But the troops are almost there.”
The LGA boss added that the community which had not experienced herdsmen attacks in the past, “was sacked and the assailants are heading to another village.”
Oche said preliminary reports suggest that the herdsmen recent attacks on Benue residents stemmed from the alleged killing of an elderly Fulani man by members of the proscribe Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
He claimed that IPOB’s spokesperson, Emma Powerful, had admitted that the separatist group was behind the Fulani man’s murder.
“You will recall that within the same area, IPOB killed an elderly Fulani man and took responsibility for it,” he said.
Ndobasi is a border community between Benue and Ebonyi States.