25 killed in Nasarawa, Herdsmen Suspected
At least, 25 people have been killed in selective attacks on villages in Awe, Keana and Doma local government areas of Nasarawa State by AK47-weilding men believed to be herdsmen.
The herdsmen have continued to kill and attack with machete persons seen on roads or in farms.
This came as herdsmen on Monday night launched a gruesome attack on residents of Tse-Awashua village in Anyiin area of Logo Local Government Area of Benue State and slaughtered two Mobile policemen. They also critically injured another one.
To stem the tide of killings, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Inspector General of Police (IG), Ibrahim Idris, to relocate to the troubled area.
Keana Local Government Area recorded the highest number of deaths, followed by Awe Local Government Area where the assailants now lay siege to major roads to attack their victims despite several calls for calm by government and individuals within and outside the state.
Beside those killed, a journalist, Mr. Augustine Kuza, who went to find out the situation on ground at Kuduku in Keana Local Government Area escaped death by a whisker.
Former Chairman of Tiv Consultative Forum in Keana Local Government Area, Chief Igbasue Kuza, told journalists yesterday in Lafia, the state capital that over 14 persons had so far been killed apart from unspecified numbers killed at Gidan Adidi village by the gunmen.
He named communities where the killings took place to include Kuduku, Iornya, Apeele and Gidan Adidi just as he said many houses were set ablaze by the marauders.
According to him, the victims met their death when they had gone to pick foodstuffs from their houses while some were killed on the road as they were scurrying into safety.
An Internally Displaced Person (IDP) in Awe, who gave his name simply as Orkuma, told journalists in Lafia that over six persons had been killed by the suspected Fulani herdsmen in places such as Gidan Wurji, Ampana and Taku in Azara.
He regretted the spate of killings by herdsmen in the area. According to him, herdsmen now lay siege to roads leading to villages to kill people.
Investigation revealed that about 300 suspected Fulani herdsmen armed with sophisticated weapons were brought into the state and stationed at Mararaban Igbabo on Agyaragu Ankoma Road in Doma Local Government Area and near Kuduku, a community that borders Guma Local Government Area of Benue State as well as Apeele in Keana, where they embarked on attacks.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Idirisu Kennedy, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), told our correspondent on the telephone that the command had report of the killing of two persons at Keana Local Government Area.