December 2, 2022

Breaking News: Herdsmen kill 10 in Benue market

Corpse of a villager killed in Ukohol market of Guma Local Government in Benue State on November 3 is wrapped in a plastic bag

At least ten people have been reported killed in an evening raid of a rural market in central Nigeria’s Benue State.

Armed militants suspected to be killer herdsmen on November 3 attacked a popular market in Ukohol village in Guma Local Government Area, killing at least ten, according to Daniel Adakole, a youth leader in Benue.

More than 800 families were displaced by the attack which also razed houses, said Adakole in a phone interview.

The attack occured hours after highway raiders identified by witnesses as herdsmen from the Fulani tribe killed one person near Makurdi, the State capital, Adakole said.

“This is what we are witnessing everyday in Benue which has become a shooting range for Fulani herdsmen,” he said.

The Chairman of Guma Local Government Area, Nyieakaa Mike confirmed the attack in Ukohol, saying the death toll might be higher.

“It happened during the village’s market day and we are suspecting that many more people could have been killed but have not been discovered,” said Mike in a phone interview.

At least 150 people have been killed across the State in chiefly isolated attacks according to Adakole.

Police and military officials have not done enough to end the daily attacks displacing farmers from the socalled “food basket” of the nation, he said.

As of the time of publishing this report, there had yet to be any statement from Police and military authorities in Benue.