Bandits kill 19 in fresh Benue attack

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AGAIN, bandits suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have attacked some communities in Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State and killed no fewer than 19 people, among them were children.

  Some of the communities attacked were Tse Amgbem, Udam near Aondoana, and Agbanu Seghev/Ukuse all in Gwer West LGA area of Benue State.

  According to an indigene who claimed to have escaped the attack, Terna Abende, said that the attackers came through Akpachi in Otukpo Local Government Area to attack Tse Amgbem.

  “About 5am Monday the attackers stormed Tse Amgbem and Udam near the Aondoana community and killed several people and several others injured. The attackers who are suspected to be Fulani herdsmen also burnt down houses,” Abenda said.

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  It was reliably gathered that the suspected herdsmen had earlier on Sunday ambushed some motorcyclists at separate areas on Naka Nagi Agagbe and Naka/Makurdi roads killing six persons.

  An indigene of Gwer West LGA who identified himself as Albert said that herdsmen had taken over seven wards of the council; Sengev, Gaagev/Tongev, Saghev/Ukusu , Tough, Ateer/ Ijaha Gaambe Ushin, and Mbachohon Avihijme.

  Another indigene, Grace Igbabon, said eighteen people were killed in three separate attacks in the council area between Sunday and Monday.

  “We had about six persons yesterday (Sunday) and 13 people today. I was told that the attackers were suspected Fulani herdsmen who attacked the Mbamodu community and killed 13 people and several others injured. The attackers burnt down several houses in the community.

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  Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Benue State Command, Catherine Anene, did not confirm  the attack but said she only heard about the attack on some communities near Aondoana in the local government but had no details.

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