The incidences of unrest in Benue State came to a head when the Benue State Governor Dr Gabriel Suswam escaped death by the whiskers yesterday when his convoy was ambushed by suspected Fulani herdsmen at Tse Aekenyi in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State. The governor who led a team of security men including the Police, Civil Defence, Army and the State Security Service (SSS) to take an assessment of the destruction caused in the area by the Fulani herdsmen last week ran into the same herdsmen who opened fire at the governor and his entourage when he made a stop over to assess some houses that were recently burnt at Tse Akenyi .
Surprisingly the incident occurred after a detachment of the Army in the governor’s convoy pulled out following a directive that they should not go beyond Tse Ukpam. The army detachment left despite a plea by the governor. The rampaging herdsmen who had earlier at the early hours of the morning destroyed over 72 villages and killed 25 residents in Ukpan, near Daudu were repelled by security forces in the convoy of the governor.
A visibly angry and surprised Suswam was forcefully led back into his car by his security detail. Meanwhile. over fifty thousand displaced people from the affected area have moved enmass to neighbouring Makurdi town were the are now seeking refuge. The situation is generating tension among the people especially as many of the displaced people are now leaving in bushes without shelter and protection.