There has been a fresh outbreak of violence in Benue State, north-central Nigeria following reprisal attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Tse Igba Uke and Aliade villages in Gwer Local Government Area of the state.
This was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Moses Yamu, who told the News Agency of Nigeria that the suspected herdsmen carried out the attack on Wednesday night following an attack on their cattle by some of the local residents.
It is understood that no fewer than one villager was killed during the attack, while the injured are receiving treatment at the Aliade General Hospital.
Meanwhile, a resident of the area told Premium Times that violence broke out after two people were killed by the Fulani herdsmen.
“Fulani herdsmen killed two young men and in retaliation, the young men from the village organised themselves and attacked a Fulani settlement and killed one Fulani man,” the eyewitness said.
“However, the intervention of an Air Force unit in the area that tried to stop the violence led to the death of many more villagers.”
Motorists are being diverted as villagers blocked the Aliade federal highway on Thursday, demanding to be addressed by a federal lawmaker from the area, Mark Gbillah, who was in town to prepare for the All Progressives Congress local government primary election.
The police have reportedly deployed their personnel to the place to quell the protest and restore normalcy, warning the locals against jungle justice.