Over 100 killed in Benue as gunmen attack 4 wards at K/Ala

At least one hundred persons have been reportedly killed within three days in a sustained attack by gunmen suspected to be Herdsmen in four council wards of Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue state.

The attack which started Saturday Blueprint learnt had continued through Sunday till Monday.

Chairman of Katsina Ala Local Government area Alfred Atera, said many people in the area were moving out of their communities over the attack by the herdsmen which has already claimed the lives of about one hundred persons.

He said four council wards are under attack by the Fulani marauders including Yoyo, Utange, Mbatyula/Mberev and Mbayongo.

“Four council wards are being attacked by the Herdsmen in Katsina Ala local government area and they include, Yooyo, Utange, Mbatyula/Mberev and Mbayongo council wards.

“About a hundred people have been killed by the Herdsmen if not more at different places.

“As the attackers are going, they are killing and dropping their victims. We have not been able to recover many people.

“I informed the military about the attack, but these people have developed a strategy, they are not attacking one place. If they attack Kwaghaondo village for instance they quickly moved to another place, so before the military could go there they will move to another place and continue with their offensive.

“I have reported the incident to all the security agencies and they are aware. “As I am speaking to you I am in my office in the headquarters of the LG, speaking to my traditional rulers to see what we can do in their own level.

“On the allegations whether the military is compromising, he said the military were not conniving but it seems the aggrieved Gana Boys have join forces with the herdsmen to carry out the attack.

“No military connivance but am suspecting the bandits’ the existing bandits there.

“The Gana remnants are conniving with them to cause the havoc and unrest in our area.

“I think they are trying to win a cheap popularity. They have connived to do that so that we consider their demands, which we are refused to do, that it is better we die by Fulanis than allowed our boys to kill us,” he added.

When contacted at the time of filling this report, the PPRO Benue command DSP Catherine Sewuese Anene said she was yet to receive the report of the attack.

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