- Suspected herdsmen raze houses during predawn attacks in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state
- The state police commissioner, Agyole Abeh, confirms the attack
- FG urges Nigerians to exercise restraint over Benue crisis
New attacks by suspected herdsmen on two communities in Kaduna state has reportedly left about 10 persons dead and several others injured.
Premium Times reports that properties were also looted and houses razed during the predawn attacks which reportedly occurred at in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state.
“The herdsmen entered the villages between Friday night and early Saturday morning and killed about 10 people,” a witness said, preferring not to be named.
The attacks were also confirmed by the Kaduna state police commissioner, Agyole Abeh.
He however stated that only four were killed and five injured.
“We have since deployed ‘Operation Dofaji’ and other police components to the area,” Mr Abeh said.
Residents told Premium Times that the armed bandits attacked the village of Dangaji around 8.00 pm on Friday, January 12, killing many and leaving several injured.
They said another attack was carried out on a nearby community of Unguwar Gajere the unidentified suspects.
Meanwhile, the federal government has appealed to the media and public commentators to exercise utmost restraint in their coverage of the fallouts of the recent farmers/herders’ clash in Benue.
The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who made the appeal in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, January 13, cautioned against “incendiary comments, unrestrained use of pictures and footages that offended human sensibilities” in the coverage of the crisis, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He stressed that the media and commentators should be cautious of their coverage in order not to further inflame passion and worsen the situation.
Mass burial organised by the Benue state government for victims of herdsmen attack - on NAIJ.com TV: