Armed herders attack Benue communities, kill three, displace villagers

Suspected armed herders have killed three farmers in separate attacks on Entekpa and Idabi communities of Benue State.

The Chairman of Otukpo Local Government Area Alfred Omakwu told journalists on Tuesday that one person was killed at his farm in Entekpa village before the attackers moved up to Adoka’Icho where they killed two other farmers at Idabi village.

The chairman who visited the affected communities  said Entekpa which comprises nine villages is now completely deserted, leaving the attackers to move freely.

“Three of our people were killed by armed herdsmen during the weekend. The first attack happened at Entekpa where one farmer was killed. Then the attackers moved to Adako’Icho at Idabi village and killed two others working on their farm,” the LG chief narrated.

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He called for help from both federal and state governments to step up security deployment to the area to nip the attacks and killing in the bud as according to him the communities have been deserted when farmers are supposed to be preparing for the planting season.

“These attacks have persisted since the beginning of the season but we are appealing to the federal and state government to quickly come to our aid with security deployment to halt the attack,” Omakwu said.

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