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Suspected Fulani gunmen attack Ortom’s village, kill five

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen reportedly invaded Governor Samuel Ortom’s village, Tse-Apera in Nzorov, in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State in the early hours of Sunday and killed five persons in a deadly attack.

A native, who simply identified himself as Tseagba, who gave an account of the incident to newsmen, said that during the attack which occurred at about 5am, several people were also injured.

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Tseagba also added, “The herdsmen were speaking Fulfude when they came. They knocked on the doors of people; and as the people came out to see who was knocking, the herdsmen attacked them.

“It was the cry of people that woke me up, and this made me to flee and hide in the bush until daybreak when we saw five dead people, one of them beheaded.

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The unfortunate incident was confirmed by the Chairman of the Guma Local Government, Caleb Aba.

Aba said, “For the people who had not woken up, they knocked at their doors; when they woke up, they were shot. On the spot, they killed two; one of them was beheaded and eight others injured, but no house was burnt”.

“Those wounded were taken to Teaching Hospital and two to General Hospital in Gbamjimba, but one of the injured, who was taken to the Teaching Hospital, died yesterday (Monday) morning.”

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When asked how he knew that the attackers were Fulani, the chairman said when they came; they were talking in their language.

The attack on the village has also been confirmed by the state police command.

In the words of the spokesperson for the command, DSP Catherine Anene, “We recorded attack on Sunday; two persons died and five injured. I’m not aware of the beheading of anyone.”

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