12 killed in renewed Tiv/Fulani crisis in Benue

OVER  12 people were said to have been killed in a renewed crisis between Fulani and Tiv farmers at the council  area of the immediate past governor of the state, Dr Gabriel Suswam, Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.

The crisis came after three weeks of peace meeting conveyed by the  elder brother of the immediate past governor, Chief Terkula Suswam, between the Tiv people led by  the traditional rulers of Logo and Ukum council areas, with Fulani herdsmen and their leaders at Anyiin, in Logo  Government Area.

The peace meeting was held as a result of constant Fulani attacks in the areas within the last two months resulting to   the death of  about 30 people  while several people were displaced.

Source told the Nigerian Tribune that the invaders,  at 7.30am on Monday, invaded Adayohor Village along Uwer-Gov to Sevan Road in Gaambe-Tiev  in the council area, where the victims were killed  whilemany people were injured.

Two people, who were  shot in the stomach and  injured  on the head and neck respectively ,were from Sontyo settlement in the area and their corpses  were  recovered.

Another seven corpses were said to have been recovered separately at Adayohor Village within the settlement on their farms around 8.30am  with the village deserted.

Confirming the report  to  the Nigerian Tribune, the  lawmaker representing the area, in the state House of Assembly, Honourable Kester Kyange, said  that ‘it is true that Fulani terrorists invaded some villages in my constituency this morning (Monday) , as well as attacked and killed my people’.

The state  Police Public Relations Officer(, PPRO),, ASP Moses Yamu, when contacted, said that the command was still making  efforts to verify the report from the Divisional Police Station in the council area.