Panic As Suspected herdsmen kill clan head, in-law, son, brother in Benue

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A clan head, his son, brother and in-law had been, late Friday night time, reportedly killed whereas seven others, together with a four- year-old and a nursing mom, sustained severe bullet wounds when suspected armed herdsmen invaded Tse Angbande neighborhood, Adaka within the outskirt of Makurdi the capital of Benue State.

The nursing mom, Veronica Akwa, who misplaced her husband within the assault however  sustained bullet wound on her toe and abdomen, stated: “The people who were speaking Fulani came around 11pm when we had  all gone to bed, forced our doors open and shot our father, Emberga Akwa, who is the head of our clan.

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“They also shot his son  who is my husband, Terhemba Akwa, his brother, Innocent Akwa, and our in-law,  Orban. After killing them they, started shooting sporadically because people started running out of their houses and in the process many of us sustained bullet wounds.

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“I was lucky a bullet brushed  my stomach and another caught my leg while I was trying to escape with my two months old baby but God saved us.”

Another survivor and son of the clan head, Mr. Ter Akwa, who sustained severe bullet wound on his hand and was among the many set of survivors who had been rushed to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, BSUTH, Makurdi, stated the assault was unprovoked.

“We did nothing to our attackers who were herdsmen because they were speaking their language. They came, broke into our house and killed my father, his brother, my brother and our in-law who is married to our sister. After that, they started shooting anyone they saw and we ran for our dear lives.

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“We had  no problems with any herder, we are farmers and we survive on what we make from our farms. So we just cannot tell what was responsible for  the attack.”

15- year-old Ephraim Akwa, who was drenched in his personal blood on the BSUTH, however might mutter some phrases, stated he was working when one of many assailants shot  him.

“I do not know how  I survived. I thought I was dead because they killed our father and our family members and the way they were shooting they wanted to kill everyone,” he added.

In his account, five-year-old  Akwa, who escaped with bullet wound on his arm however misplaced his father within the assault, stated, “I did not know that I was shot, they told me I was shot in the hand at this hospital.

“We were sleeping outside when the people came shooting, my father rushed everyone into the house and managed to lack the door but they came to our door and shot the door open. My father went to plead with them but they killed him and were shooting everywhere.”

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Visibly offended Governor Samuel Ortom who, in firm of the Benue State Police Commissioner, Garba Mukkadas, and navy personnel visited the neighborhood for on-the-spot evaluation, stated, “This is very painful, how can you just kill these  poor people in their sleep for no reasons at all? It is unacceptable.

“Last week, they came without cattle and killed a couple and fled. Security agencies were alerted, they went after them and three of them were caught and rams were recovered.

“This night again they came pretending to be shooting in an adjoining  village around here all to divert attention and when the security agencies rushed there they came back to this village and killed four persons.

“Let me reiterated that this will not be allowed. You can see the entire place, these are poor people struggling to live with what they earn from the farm. And herdsmen will not allow them to have even what to eat. Then what is the future of this state and even the country?”

The  governor, who additionally visited the survivors on the BSUTH, assured that  authorities would foot their medical payments.

# Benue State News 

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