The latest scene of the clashes between herdsmen and farmers is Omotu community in Okpokwu local government area of Benue state where 16 persons including one herdsman were killed on Monday.
According to a statement by the Benue State Police Command spokesman, ASP, Moses Yamu, the victims were mostly women and children.
The police said the attack was a reprisal after some youths in the community attacked Fulani herdsmen and ‘maimed’ some cows.
“We received information from the security adviser of Okpokwu local government that some irate youths from Omutu engaged some herdsmen in a fight, maiming some cows while two herdsmen were missing.
“A peace meeting was immediately convened by the Council Chairman and the head of Fulani community in the area while a police search party went in search of the two missing herdsmen, one of whom was found dead.”
“Unfortunately, as the search and peace meeting were on going, some herdsmen went on a rampage, hacking 15 persons – mostly women and children, to death while some houses were set ablaze.”
The Police spokesman said four suspects had been arrested in connection with the killings, adding that ‘extensive’ patrol of the community was ongoing and to be reinforced by special forces.