Benue Killing: Police arrests 8 herdsmen

Men of the Nigerian Police have arrested eight suspects in connection with the death of 10 persons and seven livestock guards in an attack which was carried out by Fulani herdsmen on Monday in the Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of Benue State.

Speaking on the arrest, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Yamu, announced the latest development in a statement released on Wednesday in Makurdi, the state capital.

The Police spokesperson in the statement said: “Eight herdsmen, six in Guma and two in Logo, had been arrested in connection with the attacks.”

He further added that the state police command has made additional deployment of personnel to the troubled area to forestall further occurrence and restore confidence of the people.

Yamu in the statement further added: “They attacked Tomater village in Sengev Council ward, Akor village in Nzorov council ward and Bakin Kwata village in Umanger council ward of Guma LGA.

“Among those killed were seven (7) members of Benue State Livestock Guards, their vehicle burnt and an uncertain number of persons injured in separate attacks between 31/12/2017 and 02/01/2018.

“Again, Agba-Uko near Azege village and Tse-Aga village of Logo LGA experienced the same fate, where one person was killed, one motorcycle burnt and four persons injured.

“All the injured from both LGAs are currently undergoing treatment in various hospitals in the State.”

He also revealed that five combined teams of mobile and conventional policemen led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Operations, Emmanuel Adesina, have engaged the armed herdsmen in a gun duel in Guma.