Herdsmen/ Photo Credit: bbc.com

By Oladipupo Mojeed

Seven have reportedly died in the renewed battle between suspected herdsmen and natives at Mkgovur village in Buruku local government area of Benue State.

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It was gathered that the battle, which began on Friday, forced many in Buruku and neighboring Gboko local government areas to flee their homes for fear of being killed.

According to an eyewitness, the herdsmen on Friday forcefully entered the village to graze on farmland but they were resisted by the youths, an

“They left only to mobilize and storm our village in large numbers, shooting sporadically and chasing us from our houses.

“As we speak about seven people have been killed while many are still unaccounted for.”

Herdsmen not indigenous Fulani

Meanwhile, the state Chairman of Maiyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Garus Gololo, said the invaders were not indigenous Fulani.

“They came from Taraba and went to Mkgovur village on Friday but were resisted by the villagers,” Gololo said.

Gololo, who could not ascertain the number of casualties, said: “It is our agreement now that any Fulani man not known to any host community should not be allowed to stay in any community in Benue, so when the herders entered Mkgovur village, they were resisted.

“I think that was what provoked them to invade the village this morning.”

Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent, ASP, Moses Yamu, confirmed the attack.