Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Benue to conduct another Mass Burial after Fulani Herdsmen kill 24

Benue state is set to conduct another mass burial after an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen Omusu Edimoga community, left 24 dead.

The herdsmen had reportedly attacked the town after losing cattle and 2 of their men.

Moses Yamu, spokesperson of the Benue State command recounted that a fight had previously ensued between the people of Omusu in Okpokwu local government area of the state and the herdsmen.

The herdsmen had their cattle rustled, and 2 of their people went missing.

Olofu Ogwuche. chairman of the local government, conducted a peace meeting and a truce was agreed.

The peace was however brought to an end after one of the 2 missing Fulani men was found to be dead.

The herdsmen had attacked the town, Yamu said, killing women and children and setting houses ablaze.

He said:
"The herdsmen surreptitiously went on rampage, resulting in stabbing to death of 15 persons mainly women and children, while some houses were set ablaze."
4 suspects have been arrested in connection to the killings, Yamu added.

Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, has reportedly ordered that the dead by buried in a mass burial ceremony on Friday.

In January, the state buried 73 persons who were allegedly killed by herdsmen in two local government areas.

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