News reaching us has it that yesterday, suspected Fulani herdsmen struck again in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State. It was reported that about 15 Tiv farmers in Saghev district were killed.
These perpetrators of evil also set houses and shops on fire. Villages affected in the attack which took place yesterday were Tse-Abi, Tse-Ginde, Tse-Peviv, Tse-Ikyo, Agenke and Gbenke, all in Saghev district.
Paul Unande, the spokesman for the community, said that the invaders wore military uniform and launched their attack at about 2am. So far, ten bodies have been recovered, with many others injured.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Samuel Ortom, Mr Terver Akase confirmed the killing and burning of houses by herdsmen and said that it was a continuation of the agenda to take over Benue by extremists and their sponsors.
Akase asked the federal government to declare the herdsmen terrorists.
He also pleaded with the security agencies to live up to their responsibility.
This is coming as two buses conveying some persons with arms and ammunitions were yesterday intercepted by the Police in Ebonyi State.
In other news, there is a lot of unrest currently over the arrest of bus load of herdsmen with arms in Ebonyi.
Police spokesman ASP Moses Yamu and Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni did not respond to phone calls and text messages to confirm the development.
The Toyota buses were intercepted close to the Onu-Ebonyi bridge on the Abakaliki-Ogoja Federal Highway, Izzi local government area of the state.
According to sources, the occupants of the bus included seven ‘suspected Fulani herdsmen’ allegedly on their way to Taraba State.
Military uniforms were also reportedly found in their luggage
Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa and Kaduna states, are the worst hit by the wave of killings by herdsmen.
The Ebonyi State Police Commissioner, Mr. Titus Lamorde, in a terse message to news correspondents, denied any arrest made by his men. In an sms in response to an inquiry, he said
“Please it is not true.”
However, the spokesman for the police in the state said:
“Yes, we intercepted buses carrying some persons with arms and ammunition going to Taraba but they are not herdsmen, they are Nollywood actors
They were wearing army uniforms and we are investigating the matter. I will give details of the matter as soon as we got every detail”.
The Senior Adviser to Governor Dave Umahi on Internal Security, Dr. Kenneth Ugballa also confirmed the incident,
“Yes, I heard the story while I was away from the state but right now I am enterine state and in a few minutes l will be at the command to find out the truth about the incident.”
The arrested suspects reportedly told the operatives of safer highways patrol that they were going for a movie shoot in Taraba State.
They were driven to the Police Headquarters Abakaliki for further questioning
An eyewitness told our reporter that seven Fulani herdsmen were in one of the intercepted buses. He stated,
“It was the policemen on Safer Highway Operations that stopped the buses. In their normal stop and search operation, they found firearms and army uniforms stocked in three big sacks.
Also found were uncountable ammunitions, rifles which is above 16 in number including explosives and local charm”.