By Anayima Abo
An attack by militia herdsmen on Tse-Angbande in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State in the dead hours of Friday night left four people dead while seven others were badly injured.
Governor Samuel Ortom who visited the scene of the attack this morning said the armed herdsmen in their usual guerrila pattern struck by 11pm when the people were asleep, killing Timothy Emberga Akwa, Innocent Akwa, Terhemba Emberga Akwa and an in-law identified as Orban.
The Governor while condemning the barbaric act recalled that a few weeks ago, the herders came without cattle and killed a husband and wife at Tse-Tyohemba, in the same axis of Makurdi, saying that security agents trailed and apprehended three of the assailants.
He assured the people that security has been beefed up to ensure 24 hours vigilance in the affected area to prevent a reoccurence of the ugly development and urged people of the affected communities to cooperate with security operatives.
The Governor while addressing the people at Adaka said enforcement of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the state must continue no matter what armed herders do.
In an interview with one of the Victims Veronica Terhemba Akwa whose husband was killed in the attacked said, they were all asleep when the Herdsmen broke into their home killing four persons on the spot.
Veronica, a nursing mother, who was seen with bullets wound her waist and leg told Elanzanews that she narrowly escape being killed by the Herders who collected the five thousand naira they had but still went ahead and shot her husband on the head where he died instantly.