Gunmen kill 15 in Sen. Abba Moro’s home town


By Sunday Ogli, Makurdi

NO fewer than 15 persons are feared killed and many others missing after suspected armed herdsmen Sunday morning attacked Igama village in Edumoga Ehaje, Senator Abba Moro’s community, in Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue state.

It was gathered from a source in the area that the invaders who stormed the community in their numbers at about 7am also razed and pulled down all the houses in the besieged community.

When contacted, the Chairman of the LGA, Mrs. Amina Audu who confirmed the incident lamented that the attack was unprovoked.

The Council Chairman who said she was at the Divisional Police Office at Okpoga the Local Government Headquarters to receive the recovered corpses of those killed said a total of nine corpses had been moved to the mortuary while the search for more was ongoing and would continue into the night as many were still missing and unaccounted for.

Mrs. Audu who decried the attack disclosed that the armed herders stormed the community in their hundreds.

She said: “I am at the Okpoga Police Station as I speak with you and I can confirm that we have received nine corpses that have been moved to the mortuary but the number could be far more than that because we learnt they chased the people into the bushes and killed them there.

“The armed herders invaded the community about 7am today. I was told that they were in their numbers; over 200 of them stormed the community. The people ran for their lives and anyone they caught was killed.

“Besides, they also pulled down all the houses that were in Igama community. As I speak with you no house is standing in the community.

“It is a sad day for us and we do not know where the people came from. But I recall that in January a similar incident happened in that village. The herders had at the time attacked that community which led to the death of a member of the community while two of the attackers were killed.

“After that incident we ensured that there was peace in the area and no such thing occurred again until this morning when this incident happened. We have beefed up security in the community.

“Affected women and children have also been taken to Ojapo the Ward Headquarters for safety and I am heading there to ensure that they are in good condition.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent, SP, Catharine Anene, when contacted, confirmed the development and said, “I am yet to receive details from officers who went to the scene.”