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Benue Govt Raises The Alarm Over Fresh Threats



Benue State government has alerted Operation Whirl Stroke and other security forces in the state over fresh threats by armed herdsmen to unleash fresh terror attacks on innocent people of the state.

The governor, through his chief press secretary, Terver Akase, averred that the herdsmen sent a message to the people of Mbagwen community in Guma local government area that they would attack in a matter of days.

According to the governor, the threat message was confirmed by the Council Chairman of Guma, Anthony Shawon.

“Two days ago, herdsmen drove the people of Tse-Ado and the surrounding villages out of their homes after they killed two farmers at Angela community.”

“The herdsmen had occupied communities in parts of Guma and Logo after chasing away members of those communities and killing many.”

The threats are coming on the heels of the return of some internally displaced persons from the IDPs camps to their ancestral homes.

The governor expressed worry on why the attacks are resuming at a time the harvest season is here.

“We suspect that the planned invasion is targetted at preventing the people from harvesting the few crops they were able to cultivate amid the mindless attacks which took place earlier in the year.”

  “In view of the horrendous manner armed herdsmen carried out all their previous threats in Benue State leaving hundreds of people dead, the latest threat of attack must not be taken lightly.”

Meanwhile, two people were killed by Fulani herdsmen who attacked farmers on their farm at Angela village in Guma local government area of Benue State.

According to a local from the council area who simply identified himself as Jonah, he said that the herdsmen, who come from 10kms away to the area to graze their cows, attacked the people in their farm.

“Since the presence of troops of Operation Whirl Stroke in this area, the herdsmen have left our communities to Nasarawa State.

“But they always come to communities that border Nasarawa to graze their cows but on Thursday, the herdsmen attacked two people who were on their farms and killed them,” Jonah said.

One of the killed farmers was identified as Kpesa, who has been buried.