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39 Killed, 38 Injured as Suspected Herdsmen Attack Benue IDP Camp




No fewer than 39 people, including two children of a monarch, have been killed after suspected herdsmen invaded an Internally Displaced Persons, IDP camp in LGEA Primary School Mgban, in Nyiev Council Ward of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.

The incident was said to have occurred on Friday night around 9 pm when the marauders invaded the camp and shot sporadically at the occupants of the camp.

This was confirmed by Nathaniel Ikyur, Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Samuel Ortom, who said about 35 bodies were recovered from the scene.

Speaking on the horrific attack, the traditional ruler of Nyiev community in Guma Local Government Area of Benue state, Chief Bernard Shawa said two of his children were also gunned down by the marauding herders.

He disclosed that 38 other victims of the attack sustained severe injuries but were evacuated to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital in Makurdi.

The monarch said, “I was sitting outside with my children when we started hearing gunshots from across the road.

“We started running but two of my children, a boy and a girl did not make it they were gunned down by the Fulani people.

“And because we have a point checkpoint on the road, displaced persons normally take shelter at the LGEA Primary School, they opened fire on the IDPs and people in the community, shooting and killing our people as they spoke the language.

“And before today they also attacked our community on February 25, 2023. On that day they killed 12 people.”