Just In: Violence Breaks Out In Benue As Herdsmen Murder Farmer

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According to The Benue State Police Public Relations Officer Moses Yamu, a reprisal attack by suspected fulani herdsmen on Tse Igba Uke and Aliade villages in Gwer Local Government Area of Benue has left one person dead and many others injured.

He said the suspected herdsmen carried out the attack following a confrontation with farmers and their cattle by some people from the village.

He also said the corpse of the villager killed during the incident had been deposited at the Aliade General Hospital and the injured receiving treatment in the same hospital.

The PPRO said the angry youths took to the street on Thursday, following the reprisal attack on the village and barricaded Aliade Federal highway to protest the killing of one of their own.

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Yamu assured that police personnel had been drafted to the place to quell the protest and restore normalcy. He however warned against people taking the laws into their hands as the Police was in control of the incident.

According to an eyewitness, two people were killed by the herdsmen, before a retaliatory attack by the youth.

“Fulani herdsmen killed two young men and in retaliation, the young men from the village organised themselves and attacked a Fulani settlement and killed one Fulani man” 

“However, the intervention of an Air Force unit in the area that tried to stop the violence led to the death of many more villagers.”

The villagers subsequently blocked the highway on Thursday and demanded to be addressed by a federal lawmaker from the area, Mark Gbillah, who was in the vicinity in preparation for the up coming All Progressives Congress (APC) Local Government Council primary election.

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