No less than 11 persons have been killed with many disappearing following an attack on Tse-Aye and Tse-Ngibo, Ikurav Tiev in Katsina/Ala local government area of Benue state, Concise News understands.
This online news medium reports that the incident which took place on Good Friday was carried out by unknown armed men on the people who were returning from church.
The incident is said to be a fallout of the rivalry between the people of Shitile and other neighbouring communities in Sankera area of the state comprising Logo, Ukum and Katsina/Ala local government areas.
“Only early this year, Shitile hoodlums attacked Ikurav people and killed 10 persons at Tse-Ujoh and elders of the community including the local government council chairman pleaded for calm and cautioned against any reprisal,” a government official who wanted anonymity, told Vanguard.
“This time, people went for Good Friday Service and where on their way back when many of them were ambushed at Tse-Ngibo and Tse-Toraye where the hoodlums mounted a roadblock and killed 11 of them and several others are still missing.
“The figure may be higher because nobody knows the whereabouts of those missing but the fear is that they might have been killed as well because close to 40 persons are said to be missing.
“After killing the innocent victims they seized a vehicle from one of those killed and rustled several cows from the same village and went away with their loot.
“Incidentally these attacks have been recurrent of late, for a period of time now Ikurav have come under repeated attacks, sometimes young men in that community would be abducted at the border area for no reasons whatsoever and nobody will see or hear from them again.
“From available records this crisis can be tied to a battle for supremacy in Sankera and several innocent lives are being lost to a needless crisis and conflict.”