22 people have already died as a result of the armed herdsmen attack on the community of Iyer in the Guma local government region of Benue State’s Uvir Council Ward.
According to a breakdown acquired by SaharaReporters on Tuesday, 13 men and four troops were also slain, along with three children, two women, and their homes were set on fire.
10 days prior, the same armed herders invaded Mbawa Council Ward in the Guma LGA, killing 28 people, including women and children.
Several armed Fulani herdsmen invaded a community in Benue State on Monday, killing scores of people, including four soldiers, and setting communities on fire, according to SaharaReporters.
Local sources had told SaharaReporters that on Sunday at around 5 o’clock, terrorist Fulani herdsmen broke into the neighborhood and started shooting at the locals.
Based on accounts, many people were burned alive inside their homes.
Another source who only wanted to be identified as Barnabas said four soldiers arrived in the community in response to distress cries in an attempt to fight the invaders but were outgunned by the herdsmen, who numbered over 50.
“This is the seventh times Fulani herdsmen would be attacking communities in Guma local government area in one month. This very attack happened at about 5 pm yesterday (Sunday) Fulani herdsmen with suspected Nigeria soldiers accompanying them launched an attack in Iye village in Uvir council Ward, Guma local government of Benue State. They killed several people including four soldiers. Ten bodies have been discovered and so many houses have been burned.”
Another source, who preferred anonymity, condemned the immediate execution of people and the burning of their bodies in their homes.
The Commissioner of Police for Benue State, Mr. Julius Alawari, who confirmed the gruesome incident noted that, “A combined team of Operation Whirl Stroke, the Police, and the Volunteer Guards confronted and repelled them. One of the attackers was also killed.”