Nigeria: Renewed Violence in Benue State: Suspected Herdsmen Attack Claims Lives in Logo LGA

Nigeria: Renewed Violence in Benue State: Suspected Herdsmen Attack Claims Lives in Logo LGA

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a tragic turn of events, at least seven individuals are feared dead following a recent assault by suspected armed herdsmen on the communities of Arufu, Mchia, and Chembe in Logo Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State. The incident, which occurred on the Arufu-Chembe road, left several others injured, and some individuals are reported missing in the aftermath of the attack.

Reports indicate that the assailants ambushed commuters on the Arufu-Chembe road on Sunday evening, firing indiscriminately at unsuspecting travelers. Subsequently, they proceeded to Mchia community during the night, where they reportedly killed seven passengers.

Confirming the distressing incident, Chief Joseph Anawah, a community leader in the affected area, described the attack as unprovoked. He reported that armed Fulani herdsmen, in collaboration with Jukun militia, targeted a commercial vehicle heading to Iorza, resulting in injuries to some passengers. Furthermore, they invaded Mchia, where eight people lost their lives.

The Chairman of the Logo LGA, Rev. Jonathan Adagbe, corroborated the accounts, indicating that seven corpses had been recovered, and efforts were ongoing to locate missing individuals. Rev. Adagbe revealed that the attackers also targeted a commercial vehicle, injuring two people, who have since been taken to the hospital.

As the gravity of the situation unfolded, Rev. Adegbe expressed his intent to brief the Security Adviser to the Governor, Chief Joseph Har, seeking further intervention and support in addressing the escalating security concerns.

Efforts to obtain a response from the Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent Catherine Anene, were unsuccessful, adding an element of uncertainty to the ongoing investigations.

The incident adds to the growing challenges of insecurity faced by communities in Benue State, prompting renewed calls for decisive measures to curb the activities of criminal elements and protect the lives and property of citizens. The Chairman’s commitment to briefing relevant authorities underscores the urgency of addressing the root causes of such violence to ensure lasting peace in the affected regions.

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