From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi & Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
At least, eight persons were reportedly killed yesterday in Guma local government area of Benue state in a renewed clash between Tiv farmers and Fulani herdsmen.
The herdsmen who were said to have numbered about a hundred invaded two densely populated settlements of Angyom and Tse-Usenda at about 3am shooting sporadically.
At the end of the day, two villages, including TseTorkula, the native home of the reigning Tor Tiv, Alfred Akawe Torkula was completely razed down.
Confirming the attack, the Guma Local Government Chairman, Mr. Frank Usar Adi expressed regrets over the level of destruction caused in his domain and appealed to the governors’ of Benue/ Nasarawa states to mount pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan to take more proactive action on the lingering crisis.
Adi accused the Emir of Awe in Nasarawa state of harboring the herdsmen that always come to unleash terror on his people, saying that the Emir should be called to order.
The local government chairman also called for proper demarcation of the boundary between his local council and the neighbouring local governments in Nasarawa state for better identification.
The state police spokesman, DSP Daniel Ezeala who also confirmed the clash however, denied the death of anybody during the crisis, adding that his men have taken control of the area.
Meanwhile, seven families of Fulani herdsmen yesterday flee Zamfara state following what they described as persistent insecurity in the state.
Malam Salihu Aliyu, who is the leader of the fleeing group, told newsmen that, they were incessantly terrorised by gunmen who kill and cart away livestock on almost daily basis, while security agencies could not arrest the situation.
Aliyu further stated that, the situation was becoming deteriorated as the gunmen introduced the most painful style of operation by abducting beautiful spinsters and even married women to their formidable camp located deeply in the forest.
He said all Fulani herdsmen from the area have met with their leaders and resolved migrating to the safer place before the dangerous gunmen finish them.