Suspected herdsmen kill five persons in attack on Ortom’s village


Hoodlums, suspected to be herdsmen have invaded Governor Samuel Ortom’s village, Tse-Apera, in Nzorov, in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State and killed five persons.

Sources in the village disclosed that ‎several people were also injured during the invasion which took place early on Sunday.

‎“The herdsmen were speaking Fulfude language and when they came, they knocked on the doors of people; as people came out to see who was knocking, they attacked them.

“It was the cry of people that woke me up, and this made me to flee and hide in the bush until daybreak when we saw five dead people, one of them beheaded,” a native who identified himself as Tseagba, said.

The incident was also confirmed by the ‎chairman of Guma Local Government, Caleb Aba.

Narrating what happened, Aba said, “For the people who had not woken up, they knocked at their doors; when they woke up, they were shot.

“On the spot, they killed two; one of them was beheaded and eight others injured.

“Those wounded were taken to Teaching Hospital and two to General Hospital in Gbamjimba, but one of the injured, who was taken to the Teaching Hospital, died yesterday (Monday) morning.”

However, the Benue State Police Command, said only two people were killed in the attack. ‎

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“We recorded attack on Sunday; two persons died and five injured. I’m not aware of the beheading of anyone,” spokesperson for the command, Catherine Anene, said.

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