Gory! 95 Killed, Many Wounded As Armed Men Invade Benue Community

SUSPECTED Fulani herdsmen numbering about 70 on
Sunday   slaughtered   95 people, mostly women and
children   in Egba,   Agatu Local Government Area of
Benue State.
A survivor, who gave his name simply as Oche, said
the herdmen arrived the village between 5am and 6am
and started attacking them in their houses.
Oche did not give the number of those wounded but he
claimed to have seen 80 dead bodies being evacuated
by security operatives and volunteers.
He said,”They came with arrows, locally-made guns
and knives when most of us were still asleep and
started killing us . It was a very bad day for us. I
believe that those killed are between 95 and 100 as I
counted up to 80 bodies being taken away by people
in uniform.”
“Most of those slaughtered were women, children and
the aged. Almost all the houses in the community
were razed   by the attackers.”
But the   state Police Commissioner,   Hyacinth
Dagala, who confirmed the attacks,   said   records
before him showed that 30 people had been confirmed
dead .
He added that he had already directed the Area
Commander to ensure that adequate security was
provided in the area.
A lawmaker representing Apa/Agatu in the state
House of Assembly, Audu Sule,   said that over 60
bodies were evacuated from the village.
The lawmaker, who said the survivors were now
taking refuge in Obagaji/Ogbalu, the headquarters of
Agatu LGA, claimed that the herdsmen escaped to
Nasarawa State after the attack.
The Benue State   Peoples Democratic Party deputy
governorship candidate,   John Ngbede, told The
PUNCH on the telephone that the Federal Government
needed to station troops in communities in the state
prone to attacks by herdsmen.
A female lawyer and activist, Sonia Ajoko, called on
the state and federal governments to immediately
send relief materials to the survivors.
Ajoko said, “The loss is monumental going by what we
heard. Women and children and the elderly were killed.
I therefore call on governments at all levels to
declare a day of mourning and commiseration with the
bereaved families.”
On February 11, 2015,   about 30 people were feared
killed with many sustaining varying degrees of injuries
in the Logo LGA of Benue State, after suspected Fulani
herdsmen sacked over 24 communities and villages in
the area.
Some of the affected communities were Chembe, Tse-
Mue, Tse-Shigbe, Mgbakpa and Oragbai all in the
Ukemberagya council ward, which is four kilometers
away from Anyiin, Governor Gabriel Suswam’s country
home.

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