- Three persons have been reportedly killed in fresh Benue attack
- The attack occurred on Thursday, February 8
- Several people were said to have been injured while other fled the communities after the attack
Three persons have been confirmed killed while many others are still missing following Thursday night, February 8, attack on Tsokwa Village in Anyii, Logo Local Government area of Benue state by some armed men.
Channels reports that the chairman of Logo local government, Nyajo Richard, said on Friday morning, February 9, that the attackers suspected to be herdsmen stormed the village around 8:00 pm in large number shooting at different directions and burning down houses in the village, in the process.
NAIJ.com gathered that one of the villagers died at the scene of the attack while two victims who were rescued died in the process of reviving them.
Three other survivors are currently receiving treatment at the local NKST hospital in Anyii, Logo Local Government Area of the state.
The local government chairman explained further that the Divisional Police Officer has mobilised policemen to the community for recovery operations and to search for those who are still missing since the attack.
As at the time of filing this report, the commissioner of police is yet to respond to the fresh attack, as calls put through to his mobile phone could not go through.
Many villagers were killed on January 1, 2018, where some armed men attacked Logo Local Government Area. The survivors have been displaced from their homes as they remain largely at various IDP camps in the local government because their villages are still not safe for their return.
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Four residents informed Premium Times in separate exchanges that residents in Anyiin are panicked and are on the run.
Residents said Nigerian soldiers who were alerted about the attacks brought five villagers who were critically wounded to the hospital in Anyiin.
“They’re at NKST Hospital now in Anyiin, "Terkura Suswam, a politician and founder of Ashi Polytechnic in Anyiin, told Premium Times by telephone.
One of the villages is Tsukwa, which was among those attacked on January 1. The village recorded up to 10 casualties in that attack, according to residents who spoke with Premium Times two weeks ago.
Tsukwa is about a mile from Anyiin, which has a police special forces unit and one of the biggest camps for the internally displaced persons in Benue state.
The commander of the special forces, Ibrahim Ignatius, told Premium Times he was not aware of the attack because he is in Makurdi, the state capital.
The divisional police officer of Anyiin division, Celestine Utim, said he was trying to find out what is going on.
Another Anyiin resident who confirmed the attack to was Alijah Auna, the secretary of the IDP camp there.
“Yes, they’ve been attacking villages around Anyiin this night,” Auna said. “Many people at the camp here have started running away.”
“But I am still at the camp,” he added.
It was not immediately clear the number of villages that were attacked Thursday night.
Witnesses said the attackers had fled before soldiers arrived at some of the villages.
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Scores of villagers were killed in the January 1 attacks in Logo LGA. Survivors have remained largely at various IDP camps in the local government because their villages are still not safe for their return, despite the police’s assertions that the areas had been secured.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the Edo state government banned night grazing in the state to avert further herdsmen/farmers clashes. The ban also prohibits the carrying of guns by herdsmen while taking care of their herds.
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