At least five people were confirmed dead when Fulani herdsmen attacked a community in the Guma Local Government Area of Benue State on Friday.
According to Punch, the incident occurred around 1pm.
“The Fulani herders invaded Tse Alashi, Kaambe community in Guma local government around 1:00 pm today (Friday).
“They killed four people who were on their farm and also moved to a place where some people were moulding burnt bricks and killed two people,” a source said.
The Chairman of the Guma local government, Caleb Aba, also confirmed the incident when he was contacted.
He revealed that the suspected herders stormed the community in the afternoon and killed three people who were on their farm.
“The incident happened around 1pm this afternoon. Some Fulani herders invaded a community called Tse Alashi and killed three people who were working on their farms. They also moved to a place where people were laying burnt bricks and killed two people,” he said.
The chairman said he had informed police about the invasion and added that there were no injured ones.
The Security Adviser to the State Governor, Lt. Col. Paul Hemba (retd.) also confirmed the killing, saying some people were killed.
“It was an unprovoked attack, the people were on their farm working when the herders surrounded them and killed them,” the security adviser said in a telephone interview.
Meanwhile, the State Police Command spokesperson, SP Catherine Anene, confirmed the attack but said she had yet to receive a report of the killing.
“We have information on the attack but I have not heard of any killing until the team drafted to the place arrives,” Anene said.