Fulani herdsmen have again caused tension and uproar in the Chembe community of Benue state Ukemberagya/ Tswarev council ward of Gaambe – Tiev , in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, and killed a village head, Mr. Iyongovihi Ninge.
Vanguard reports that an eye witness simply identified as Joseph Anawah revealed the herdsmen stormed the area with hordes of cattle and plundered yam seeds that have been planted.
He said that the invaders opened fire on Ninge who was clearing his field in readiness for cultivation:
“The armed herdsmen came with a large number of cattle plundering germinating yam seeds of farmers and all that was in people’s farms in the community.
“They met the Village Head in his farm where he had gone to inspect the clearing of his field in readiness for the cultivation of yam seedlings. They shot him at the back and he died on the spot.
On hearing the gunshot everyone within the area ran for their lives though we cannot at the moment ascertain if more persons were killed though several families were crying that they could not trace their family members.
The community and adjourning villages are at the moment deserted and the rampaging herdsmen are freely grazing on people’s farmland.
“The village head was shot on the back and he died on the spot, ” the eyewitness said .
Joseph Anawah added that no arrest was made despite the nearness of the scene of the incident to a military camp stationed in the area .
When contacted, the Logo LG council chairman, Mr. Richard Nyajo, who confirmed the attack, said he had received report that the Chembe village head was killed in the attack .
“ It is very true; herdsmen attacked Chembe and killed the village head. That was the information that reached me this afternoon.
“We learnt that after killing the village head, the herdsmen pursued the people of the community who fled from their farms and homes on hearing the sound of gunshots . ”
Nyajo, who could not give the number of casualties at the time of this report, said he had already notified security personnel about the attack and they have moved to the community to repel the attackers from the area and also assess the situation.
“ As we speak , I cannot tell you that more persons were killed until we get the feedback from the security personnel that went into the bush. ”
When the Benue Police commissioner, Fatai Owoseni was contacted, he claims the police is yet to receive the reports of the attack.