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Following the incessant killings in some part of Apa communities by the suspected herders, the residents yesterday took to the street to protest against it calling for intervention from the state and federal government.
The protesters who were mostly youths and able men took their vexation further by mounting a roadblock at Oweto-Loko-Abuja road.
They lamented the unscrupulous killing and maiming of over 100 people in the community including the amputation of the community chief by the suspected herders.
The protesters said the protest was necessary at this time that 46 persons were killed in the last attack, calling the state government to coke to their aid.
The recent fatal attack which claimed over 46 lives happened at Umogidi community of Entekpa in Asoka District in the Otukpo Local on Thursday, 6 April.
The Chairman of Otukpo Local Government Area, Bako Eje, said the attackers were suspected to be herders because of their plan to invade the land.
“You know that these herders killed three people on Tuesday and they came back on Wednesday at about 4.15 pm and killed 46 people, including my own son, who was 32 years old.
“We just buried him and some other persons are still missing. Among the people killed were my immediate younger sister’s husband, and her second son who was almost 38 years old.”
Also a resident of the community, who identified himself as Sunny, said, “We were still mourning the death of the three people killed on Tuesday by these herders when we started hearing gunshots from different angles leading to the death of several people.”
In his response, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Paul Hemba says the incident was very tragic and painful.
“I can confirm to you that there was an attack in Umogidi and as of this morning, the casualty figure, from those who were seen physically from what I was told, was 46. But the figure may be higher because some people are still reported missing,” he said.
The police spokesperson for the state, Catherine Anene, disclosed that eight corpses have been recovered.
“Attack on Umogidi community is confirmed. Eight corpses have been recovered, including a police officer. More police teams have been deployed to the area to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
The state emergency management agency has for several times said that 18 out of the 23 Local Government Areas in Benue State had been under Governor Samuel Ortom’s administration.