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Herders Attack A Benue Community, Leaving 10 Missing And Five Dead

According to reports, suspected herdsmen attacked Udei in the Guma Local Government Area of Benue State on Monday, leaving five persons dead and ten more missing.

The council of Governor Samuel Ortom, Guma, has suffered the most damage from herders since 2014.

Timber traders were allegedly among the victims of the most recent incident.

The sawyers, who were 15 in number, had gone into the forest to load timber.

On their way back, the suspected herders opened fire on them, killing five on the spot.


The Chairman of Guma LGA, Caleb Aba, who confirmed the attack to us on the phone on Tuesday, said the victims were commercial timber dealers.

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He said, “The incident happened yesterday (Monday) evening when some commercial timber dealers went to fetch their timber from the forest.

“They (sawyers) had loaded the timber and were on their way back when they were attacked. They were 15 in number.

“So far, five corpses have been recovered; the other 10 people have not been seen; whether they have been killed or taken away, I cannot say. But they are being searched for as I am talking to you now,” Aba said.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, a Superintendent of Police, said she had yet to receive a report on the incident.



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