The Benue State Police Command has provided details on the recent attacks on Tomater village in Sengev Council ward, Akor village in Nzorov council ward and Bakin Kwata village in Umanger council ward of Guma LGA by suspected herdsmen, where several persons were butchered.
The command said it recorded a total of seventeen deaths, including seven members of Benue State Livestock Guards who were killed, their vehicle burnt and an uncertain number of persons injured in separate attacks that occurred between Monday and Tuesday.
Moses Yamu, ASP, the state’s PRO, said the command also recorded another attack in Agba-Uko near Azege village and Tse-Aga village of Logo LGA where one person was killed, one motorcycle burnt and four persons injured.
He said, “All the injured from both LGAs are currently undergoing treatment in various hospitals in the State.
“The Command acted promptly by deploying five combined teams of mobile and conventional Policemen to the scene in Guma led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, ACP. Emmanuel Adesina and engaged the armed herdsmen in a gun duel, forcing them to retreat.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP. Bashir Makama (psc+) called for calm, as eight herdsmen (six in Guma and two in Logo) had been arrested in connection with the attacks and proper additional deployments made to the troubled area and its environs for monitoring, in order to forestall further occurrence and to restore confidence in the minds of the people. Meanwhile, the situation has been brought under control and investigation continues. “