Fulani herdsmen have been accused of attacking Shikaan Mbagena Kpav, a TIV community in Benue State, killing at least 36 residents including students of College of Education in Katsina Ala.
According to SaharaReporters, the attackers stormed the community in the early hours of Thursday, and carried out the gruesome murder.
There are conflicting figures of casualties as some believed the attackers might have killed up to 100 residents.
Although, details of the incident were still sketchy as at the time of filing this report, gory photos of many dead people on the floor have been circulated on social media.
Many Nigerians in reaction have taken to social media to condemned the situation, calling on the state and federal government to intervene.
Nigerians using the hashtag, #BenueUnderAttack are now lamenting the multiple deaths and alleged silence of security agencies and the government.
The attack comes four days after Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue said he will no longer announce the deaths of those killed by herdsmen in the state.
Ortom, who made the remark at the Chapel of Grace in Government House, Makurdi on Sunday, to round up a prayer and fasting programme said the people of Benue should rise up and defend themselves with weapons not prohibited by law.
The governor speaking further at the interdenominational church service urged residents to get a licence for dane guns from local government chairmen and use them to defend themselves.
It would be recalled that in 2020, Governor Ortom appealed to the Federal Government to allow ‘responsible citizens’ to wield sophisticated weapons such as AK-47 rifles to protect themselves from attacks.
He urged the Federal Government to grant licences to responsible citizens to carry sophisticated weapons such as AK47 to deter criminals from attacking innocent and helpless Nigerians.
According to Ortom, the policy should be backed by a strict legal framework to prevent illegal possession of arms by the citizenry without exception.
He also recommended adequate funding of security agencies and continuous training of their personnel to enable them be abreast of global dynamics in the fight against insecurity.
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