Monday, according to a report by SaharaReporters, at least six kinsmen of Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State were allegedly killed in a new assault by suspected armed herdsmen who raided the Udei and Yelwata towns in the Guma Local Government Area of the state.
Ten days have passed after a similar incident took multiple lives in Igama village, Edumoga Ehaje, Okpokwu LGA, and four days have passed when a legislator and his brother were slain and decapitated by marauders in Orokam, Ogbadibo LGA of the state.
The victims of the Udai and Yelwata assault were reportedly lumber merchants who were ambushed in the bush at 7 p.m. and slain while doing their businesses.
Mr. Caleb, chairman of the Guma Local Government Area, confirmed the incident and said that five of the bodies had already been retrieved while the search for the remains of eleven others was underway.
According to the chairman, “those killed were timber dealers, who, Monday evening, went to the bush to collect the timber they had cut from the forest in Mbagwen.
“It was when they were coming out of the forest that they met the armed herdsmen who attacked and killed them. They were 16 in number. So far, five corpses have been recovered out of the 16 persons that were attacked.”
The chairman, who described the attack as unwarranted and unprovoked, said he had already reported the matter to the police.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, said she was yet to receive details of the incident.