The hashtag #BenueUnderAttack has been trending on Social Media following reports that several people were feared killed as local bandits attacked some villages in the Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.
According to reports, suspected Fulani men were responsible for the killings of the villagers, and other people were murdered in the early hours of Thursday in Shitile, Shikaan, Mbagena Kpav. As at the time of this report, the actual number of mortality has not been confirmed.
Also a military source said, “It is true that some people were killed in some villages in Katsina Ala local government yesterday (on Thursday) but it (killing) was carried out by the local bandits in the area.”
Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that the chairman of Kastina Ala local government, Alfred Atera, had disclosed on Monday that over 100 people were killed last weekend by suspected Fulani herders in connivance with gang members loyal to the state warlord, late Terwase Akwaza aka Gana.
Atera reportedly stated the four wards under severe attack to include; Yoyo, Utange, Mbatyu/Mberev and Mbayongo.
The chairman also told journalists on Wednesday that one of the wards, Utange, he visited after the attack had been deserted but occupied by animals.