One person is feared dead, a 70-year-old man wounded and several others are missing in an attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Tombo, Gaambe-tiev, Logo Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue state in the early hours of Wednesday.
INDEPENDENT gathered that following the attack, one person, Ortse Kwaghdoo was reportedly killed, while a 70-year-old man Hinger Akaa was badly injured and several others were still missing as at the time of compiling this report.
The incident occurred when the deceased had gone fishing in the riverine town in the early hours of Wednesday.
The town borders Nasarawa state that it was recently alleged that the town houses the herdsmen for eventually attack on Benue.
A source in the village told INDEPENDENT that the body of the deceased has been deposited at a mortuary in Ayilamo, a nearby village.
He said further “Recall that we alerted everyone on the presence of massive influx of strange Fulani herdsmen in Gaambe-tiev, Logo LGA. They have moved in thousands with their cows.”
He therefore appealed to the authorities concerned to mobilize security to the border areas to curtail further carnage by the attackers.
Special Adviser to Governor Samuel Ortom on Security, Colonel Edwin Jando (rtd) who is also the State Chairman Task Force on Implementation of Anti-open Grazing Law, confirmed the attack.
He explained that there was no panic in the area, adding that the situation was under control.
Police Public Relations’ Officer, Moses Yamu, confirmed the report and said as soon as the police received the report, “The DPO and Mobile Policemen stationed at Ayilamo quickly moved in, discovered that one Kwaghdoo 40-years-old was killed while Hingir Akaa, 70-year-old, sustained injuries.”
Yamu said, “The Command appeals for calm as proactive measures have been put in place by the State Government and other security agencies to tackle any incident” that may lead to further loss of lives.