Suspected herdsmen on Tuesday, April 17, unleashed mayhem on Chembe settlement in Ukemberagya/Tswarev council ward of Gaambe-Tiev, in Logo local government area of Benue state, killing a village head, Iyongovihi Ninge.
Punch reports that an eye witness from the area, Joseph Anawah, said the attackers came with hordes of cattle, plundering yam seeds that have been planted. He said that the invaders opened fire on Ninge who was clearing his field in readiness for cultivation.
The armed herdsmen came with a large number of cattle plundering germinating yam seeds of farmers and all that was in people’s farms in the community.
“They met the Village Head in his farm where he had gone to inspect the clearing of his field in readiness for the cultivation of yam seedlings. They shot him at the back and he died on the spot.
“On hearing the gunshot everyone within the area ran for their lives though we cannot at the moment ascertain if more persons were killed though several families were crying that they could not trace their family members.”
When contacted, the Benue state Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni said he was yet to receive reports of the attack.