By Godwin Edeh
Suspected herdsmen have vowed to sustain and continue attacks in Benue state until Governor Samuel Ortom repeals the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law 2017.
They made this known after reportedly killing eight persons, including two aid workers in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State recently.
The attacks were carried out in three council wards of Nzorov, Mbabai and Uvir all in Guma LGA.
Sources disclosed to The Voice that among the casualties of Sunday afternoon attacks were two aid workers working with a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), 360HSDC, carrying out HIV/AIDS intervention project in the state.
The Voice further gathered that, the aid workers were abducted and later murdered while on their usual routine testing of HIV/AIDS among residents of Tom-Anyiin community while four others were killed at Mbabai and one at Uvir.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Guma Local Government Council, Mr Caleb Aba has directed the immediate burial of the victims while corpses of the aid workers have been handed over to their organization.
Mr Aba who expressed worry over the incidence was quoted as saying, “we have no problem with the Fulani in recent times and wondered what triggered the recent onslaughts on the communities.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Benue State Police Command, DSP Catherine Anene confirmed the incidence but said only three persons were killed. “Only three persons were killed while going to their farms in Tom-Anyiin in Guma Local Government Area of Benue state,” DSP Anene stated.