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Suspected Herdsmen Kill Siblings, Catechist In Benue



Suspected Fulani herdsmen Tuesday allegedly ambushed and killed three persons in separate attacks in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.

The attacks were said to have occurred at Tse Orogbo and Tseger communities in the council area.

It was gathered that the attack at Tse Orugbo claimed a Catholic catechist, while the second incident at Tseger village claimed the lives of two brothers.

According to locals, the catechist whose name was given as Christopher Unenger, had attended a retreat at the village and was returning home to pick some documents when his assailants ambushed and killed him.

“Herdsmen killed a catechist with RCM evening of yesterday (Tuesday).

“The catechist was already in a retreat at the village; we learnt that he went home to pick some documents but was attacked on his way.”

The Director of Communication, Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, Father Moses Iorapuu, confirmed the incident but declined to give details.

In Tseger, the two brothers, identified as Aondowase Uma and Ahanbee, were said to be returning from Yelewata Market when they were attacked.

The herdsmen had attacked them while on a motorcycle around 8:pm killing them before setting their motorcycle ablaze.

A source said one Orihyev Nyaga, who escaped but was shot on the left hand, stated that he was returning from the market on a motorcycle when he ran into a road block mounted by the herdsmen.

He said the herdsmen attempted to injure him with machete, but he narrowly escaped before he was shot on the hand and had to abandon his bike and ran into the bush where he escaped and went back to the market and raised the alarm.

According to him, the two victims had already been murdered before he was able to raise the alarm.

The residents said that the two dead bodies were recovered by youths and handed over to the Police at Yelewata.

The state police spokesman, ASP, Moses Yamu, confirmed the incidents but said he was yet to get details.



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