Herders kill 18 in Benue community

Herdsmen Thursday evening attacked Ukohol, a community in Guma local government area of Benue state, killing 18 residents.

The attack, Blueprint Weekend learnt, happened around 4:00-5:00pm on a market day, where 10 people were killed in the market and eight others killed by the assailants while they were retreating.

The chairman of the local government, Mike Uba, said if security had delayed arriving at the place, there would have been more casualties.

He expressed worry that the herdsmen did not spare even children of less than two years, adding that they had been killing and occupying communities in the affected areas.

According to him, the herders acted without any provocation from the community and that the attack was unexpected.

He said, “The herdsmen who were all dressed in black came on a market day and killed a total of 18 persons. Security men were informed of the incident and had drafted their men to the place and the situation is now calm. But the problem is that when the people return, the assailants usually return to attack.

“There was no provocation. They come and chase people away and settle in their houses, eat their crops and even graze in the night. About 10 council wards have been affected since 2018 till date.”