– Suspected herdsmen numbering up to 200 reportedly attacked some Benue communities on Sunday, May 30
– One of the surviving victims of the attack, Udaga Lebechi, said her father and three younger siblings were killed
– The suspected armed herdsmen were said to have killed over 30 persons in the communities sharing boundaries with Ebonyi state in the southeast
Ado LGA, Benue state – Udaga Lebechi, a 13-year-old survivor of a recent brutal attack by suspected herdsmen in Benue state, said her father and three younger siblings were killed.
The Punch reported that the armed herdsmen invaded Odoke Ishieke, Obakotara Ishieke and Ndiobasi Ishieke communities in the Ado local government area of Benue state at 3am on Sunday, May 30, and killed over 30 persons.
It was gathered that the three communities shared boundaries with the Ebonyi local government area of Ebonyi state.
She exclusively told The Punch:
“It was the Fulani people that attacked us at Odoke community in the Ado Local Government Area of Benue State.
“It was around 3am on Sunday morning. They came numbering up to 200 and started cutting us with their cutlasses. Three of my siblings and I were attacked. They killed many people from my community and many of our kindred are still missing. They killed my father and my three little ones.”
Meanwhile, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state on Tuesday, June 1, asked the Benue government to establish its own security outfit, considering the spates of killings in the state.
Umahi made the suggestion at the Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital 2, Abakaliki when he visited victims of the recent killings in both Benue and Ebonyi states.
According to Umahi, the Benue government exhibited the height of irresponsibility when it went on air and announced it didn’t know whether victims of the attacks were from Ebonyi or Benue states.
The women also asked President Buhari to cancel the planned imposition of grazing reserves on Nigerian states.