Suspected herdsmen have reportedly hacked to death a 30-year-old farmer, Shiaondo Goom and two others in their farms at Tse Goom Yogbo and Angela community in Guma local government area of Benue State.
It was gathered that the victims, who were killed in the last 48 hours, only recently returned to their ancestral home from some of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, camps after period of reprieve from the spate of killings in the state.
Reacting, the Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent, DSP Moses Yamu said the Command received a report of the alleged murder of the 30 year old Shiaondo Goom.
“He was matcheted to death by suspected herdsmen at about 3pm while on the farm at Tse Goom Yogbo in Guma local government area. Investigation into the matter has since commenced,” Yamu said.
Earlier, in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to Governor Samuel Ortom, Mr. Terver Akase, the government cautioned that the herdsmen had already sent a message to the people of Mbagwen community in Guma local government area of an impending attack in a couple of days which was also confirmed by the Council Chairman of Guma.
According to Akase, “The herdsmen had occupied communities in parts of Guma and Logo after chasing away members of those communities and killing many.
“The threats are coming on the heels of the return of some internally displaced persons from the IDPs camps to their ancestral homes.
“The question is; why are the attacks resuming at a time the harvest season is here? We suspect that the planned invasion is targetted at preventing the people from harvesting the few crops they were able to cultivate amid the mindless attacks which took place earlier in the year.”
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