No fewer than 16 persons were murdered after suspected herdsmen attacked Ebete community in Usha Ward of Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State on Wednesday, February 20th.
iDONSABI gathers that the suspected herdsmen gained entry into the community in Usha Ward of Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State late in the night when most people were sleeping and started shooting sporadically.
According to reports, the suspected herdsmen opened fire on any house they saw without care, thereby killing some residents of the area.
It was also known that over 16 residents were confirmed dead while two others sustained injuries and are now under intensive care and being taken care of at the moment.
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While giving his say to the incident, the Benue state governor identified as Samuel Ortom, expressed sadness at the tragic incident which claimed the lives of 16 residents and urged the police and other security agencies to apprehend the perpetrators of the crime and also forestall further attacks.
While the state governor spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, the governor said in a statement that:
“Yes, I can confirm that the governor of Benue State met earlier today with the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bishi, and he confirmed that there was an attack in Ebete in Agatu earlier today in which 17 persons were killed by suspected armed herdsmen.
We feel that this is unfortunate because the governor has raised the alarm that some persons, for political reasons, were planning to unleashed armed herdsmen on innocent Benue people to cause fear in the people for political gains”.