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Unknown gunmen kill 4 in Benue community

Unknown gunmen have killed four persons in Mbachon and Mbagbe communities in Turan, Yaav Council Ward, Kwande Local Government Area in Benue State.

It was gathered that the incident happened at about 5 pm on Saturday, when people were about to settle down at their various compounds.

A member of the community, who simply gave his name as Lawrence Akerigba, said the gunmen invaded the communities, shot and killed four people.

“They stormed the two communities at about 5pm and opened fire on people. When the dust was down, four persons were shot and killed,” he said.

Akerigba said that one corpse was evacuated for burial, while three were missing and another person was taken away.

It was also learned that Kwande Local Government Area shares a boundary with Taraba State and has been under herdsmen attacks for 15 years.

Akerigba said: “In Moon District, Kwande Local Government Area, the people have had no access to their land for 16 years as it has been completely overrun by herdsmen who have turned it into grazing for their animals.

“The killings are happening now that farming activities have resumed, saying if nothing was done, it will disrupt farming activities now that rains have set in and appealing to security agencies to protect harmless farmers to return to their farm business so that hunger will not kill them.”

When contacted, Benue Police Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene said she was yet to get the report of the killings.

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