No fewer than 15 people were killed over the past few days in separate attacks in Benue State, the scene of regular clashes between farmers and nomadic cattle herders.
Speaking on the latest onslaught, Benue State information commissioner Lawrence Onoja said suspected militant herders carried out the attacks on several villages in under 48 hours.
The village of Tse Ishav, near Guma, was attacked at around 3am on Wednesday, with militants “leaving behind eight corpses, several missing and many wounded,” he said
It came after two other people were killed on Monday by the same armed men close to the nearby locality of Yelwata, he added.
The head of Guma’s local government Anthony Shawon confirmed the death toll of 10, adding that the attackers set fire to houses and farms as they left.
The same group of herdsmen also carried out further attacks in the neighbouring district of Logo where “five people were killed… and many more wounded,” said Onoja.
This has been confirmed by the head of the local government Richard Nyajo, who said police reinforcements have been deployed.
Benue state has seen a wave of deadly clashes which have left hundreds dead since the turn of the year and communities sacked, leading to accusations of bias against the Nigerian military under whose watch these atrocities are committed.