Over 50 persons have been reported killed and property worth millions of Naira destroyed by Fulani herdsmen in a renewed attack on Tiv communities in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State. The crisis, which has taken a dangerous dimension, is also gradually creeping into Makurdi town with scores of refugees fleeing the crises area into the town.
THISDAY gathered that the areas hardest hit by the renewed attack include Tiv settlements at Dooga, Kpata, Lokobi Ajimaka, Ekeae, Giza, Yogbo and Mbagwem communities. It was also gathered from an eyewitness, who fled the fighting with his wife and children from Kpata village, Mr. Tyopine Agar, that the number of the dead could exceed the figure, stressing that as many as over 350 persons are yet to be unaccounted for. According to him, “many of our people were in the farms when the crisis erupted and up till now no one knows their whereabouts”. Agar alleged that the herdsmen who were assisted by the Alagos residing on the border of Benue and Nasarawa States in Doma town laid siege on their villages, shooting and burning their houses and property.