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Again, herders/farmers clash, 25 killed in Benue 

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The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Benue State branch has raised the alarm over sustained bloody attacks by suspected herdsmen across Six Local Government areas of the State that has so far claimed the lives of 25 farmers.

The State ALGON Chairman Dr Mike Uba who disclosed this in a statement and lamented that for the past Two weeks communities in Kwande, Makurdi, Guma, Gwer-West, Agatu and Logo LG are currently under seiged occasioned by suspected herdsmen attacks.

The ALGON Chairman also emphasized that “the next Governor of the State must should armed with a robust livestock vision and agenda that will permanently to put end the incessant attacks on farmers as Ortom leaves office”

The ALGON Chairman who is also Guma LG chairman also informed that Seven people were killed in separate attacks adding that Three were killed Wednesday night, while four were killed in the morning all at Yelewata community.

He described the new dimension in the killings as a command room coordination and appealed to the President, Muhammad Buhari to ensure the protection of lives and property of Citizenry.

According to Gbande “election could not be held in 48 polling units from 3 council wards of the LG due to the sustained attacks by suspected herdsmen few days to February 25th 2022 elections and we reported the matter to INEC for relocation of those polling units and as I speak with you, for past 9 the whole of Moon Council ward is taken over by herdsmen.

“What makes me to believe that the herders are coming for occupation not grazing is that the do come around 3am and 4am without cattle using motorcycle and immediately start shooting on farmers especially women and children who upon hearing the sound of the motorcycle will start running into the bushes for safety, and as day break they will all go back through Kashinbila road, this time around all the corpses were picked by soldiers in the bush”


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