Herdsmen left 18 dead attack in Benue state

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An eyewitness told the Daily Times that the marauders besieged the community late on Sun?day, shooting sporadically, burning down houses, huts and farmlands.
The source said that the crisis started days back but that on Sunday, the villagers were caught unawares. They were wo?ken up from sleep by the sounds of gunshots and heavy movements around villages by the herdsmen.
He maintained that the some who tried to escape with their families were further hacked down on the way by the marauders.
They lamented that de?spite peace efforts by the people of the area were proving fruitless as the herdsmen keep trooping into the area with sophis?ticated weapons.
A mother-of-six, whose husband was shot dead, Kuhile Adaaku told Daily Times: ??The situation at the moment is tense. Many have been rendered home?less while a large num?ber are helplessly taking refuge at Ugba the local government headquarters and other villages??.
It was gathered that the herdsmen had in the last few weeks staged sus?tained attacks on most of the communities in the area bordering Nasarawa State on the banks of Riv?er Benue before launch?ing the latest attack in the heart of the town.
The Sunday attack forced Governor Suswam to pay an unscheduled visit to the area in a bid to check an escalation of the crisis.forced Governor Suswam
The Police Public Rela?tions Officer, PPRO, Dep?uty Superintendent, DSP, John Bako told the Daily Times that he was yet to be fully briefed on the matter.
He, however added that the area had been wit?nessing skirmishes of late. He said: ?in the last two weeks, there have been skirmishes between herdsmen and the natives. But as I speak with you, we have deployed our men to the area to maintain peace and efforts are being made to talk to the feuding parties in order to stem the crisis.?

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