4 Killed As Benue Residents Attack Fulani Herdsmen
Trouble started after an unidentified Fulani herdsman was disallowed entry into the community.
The herdsman was rejected from the area following reports of his mischievous activities.
Angered by their refusal to grant him residence, the herder allegedly devised a revenge scheme which he executed by laying ambush and murdering a certain Mrs. Iyaji.
His alleged plot was to incriminate other Fulanis and have them displaced.
According to a resident, Akoko J. Smith, the victim was killed while passing through the lonely Adiko–Adum road on her way back from Adum East, where she went to sell logs of firewood.
One Oko Celia, a relative of the deceased took to Facebook to share the sad news.
"Fulani herdsmen, what have we done to you? How can a stranger butcher a daughter of the soil to death like that?
"Aunty Iyaji, I can’t believe you’re really dead, leaving your kids, including your nursing child… Can’t these people embrace peace for once?” Celia lamented.
More trouble was brewing. They could not wait for the justice system so they took the laws into their hands.
In a reprisal to incident, an angry mob from the victim’s community on Tuesday, allegedly raided a Fulani settlement at Otokwe of Adum East to vent their anger.
Three Fulanis and three cows were reportedly killed, with a handful of others still battling for survival at the General Hospital, Obarike Ito.
Confirming the development, the Benue State Police PRO, Moses Yamu said arrests have been made in connection with the incident.
“According to the report we had, the woman was on her way from the market and met her father in the farm.
“So, after few minutes walk from where her father was farming, she started screaming, Fulani people want to kill me.
The father, on getting there discovered that she had been macheted but did not see anybody. She was rushed to the hospital but died the following the day,” Yamu said.
“Before our men could get there, the damage had been done. But as we speak, officers have been drafted to the area to prevent further crisis.