By Newsie Events Media:
Yelewata, a border community between Benue and Nasarawa States in Guma Local Government Area, (LGA), of Benue State was on Tuesday night invaded by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen, killing no fewer than eight persons, including a woman, and her four children.
According to a source that spoke to Vanguard on the condition of anonymity said that, the armed men who stormed the community at about 7:30pm when majority of the youths were still at the market square because it was a market day, abducted one of their victims and left two others seriously injured.
Narrating the incident, he said, “they sneaked into the community from one of the forests bordering Benue and Nasarawa states and opened fire on their victims including a woman and her four children and some others.
“Eight persons died from the attack, some have been taken to the hospital and we have also not seen some persons after the attack,” he said.
When contacted, the Chairman of Guma LGA, Mr. Caleb Abah who confirmed the attack said it was unprovoked.
Mr. Abah said, “yesterday (Tuesday) was Yelwata market day and the people were still in the market around 7pm when the armed herdsmen came and started shooting sporadically. In the end, eight people were killed, two persons were injured and one other person was abducted and is yet to be released till now
The injured have been taken to a private hospital for treatment since the doctors in government hospitals are still on strike,” he said.
Meanwhile an indigene of the area and Principle Special Assistant, PSA, to the Governor of Benue state, Mr. Franc Utoo who was one of the early callers to the community to condole with Mr. Peter Akera who lost his wife and four children including a set of twins as well as others who lost loved ones described the attack as dastardly and unacceptable.
“It is another black day in my community, this dastardly attack was unprovoked and it is unacceptable,” he said.
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