- Reports have it that six herdsmen allegedly involved in the killing of 19 people in Benue state are being arraigned
- The suspects are in a chief magistrate court 1 sitting for cross-questioning
- A recent report reveals that the death toll has increased to 20
From current reports, the Benue state police are currently arraigning an unnamed group of six Fulani herdsmen said to be involved in the killing of 19 farmers in Akor village of Guma local government area of Benue state.
The suspects are being arraigned at a chief magistrate court 1 sitting in Makurdi, the state capital. The case is being overseen by Chief Magistrate, Isaac Ajim.
Among those killed in the attack were a pregnant woman killed and five others.
The death toll, from report gathered, later increased to 20.
The governor of the state, Samuel Ortom, confirmed the number of casualties just after the state security council meeting was convened.
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After the visit of those victims hospitalised at the Benue state university teaching hospital, it was confirmed that the hospital had received 11 bodies and nine injured victims out of which three died while receiving treatment.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that the new year’s day killings which took place in Benue had been described by leaders of the state as a planned genocide.
The claim was made by three socio-cultural groups- Mdzough U Tiv, Idoma National Forum and Omi Ny’Igede- at a joint news conference in Abuja, the nations’ capital, on Thursday, January 4.
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