Benue State Police Denies Reported 81 Herdsmen Murders – The Benue State Police Command have denied reports that 81 people have been killed by Fulani herdsmen in the state.
ASP Moses Yamu, who is the spokesperson of the command, revealed that “only 22” people died in the incidents, which occurred in the Logo and Ukums Local government areas of the state.
A statement by Yamu reads: “The attention of the Benue State Police Command has been drawn to a publication on page 8 of the a national newspaper, dated July 11, 2016, tagged “Herdmen kill 81 in Benue.” The Command wishes to state that the reports was a gross misrepresentation of the true facts on ground in the state.
“For purposes of clarity, the Benue State command witnessed incidents of herdsmen attacks on some communities in the state including: Logo and Ukum LGAs where we recorded 22 deaths between May 30 and June 20, 2016. Further breakdown of the incidents and casualties recorded is enunciated as follows:
“On 30/5/2016, Tse Aondo and Tse Ankyou communities in Ukum LGA were attacked, where seven persons were killed. On 21/6/2016, Vaase community of Ukum LGA attacked and four persons killed. On 17/6/2016, Mbachom community in the Turan council ward and Tse Gabo village, in the Nenzev council ward, were attacked and one and six persons killed respectively.
“On 20/6/2016, Anyiin community was attacked and four persons killed. “The total number of deaths recorded during the period, was 22 persons and not 81 as reported.”
Yamu added, “Meanwhile, in order to quickly stem the tide of such incidents in the affected areas and indeed, other perceived volatile locations in the state, Mobile Policemen have been fully deployed to effectively checkmate these excesses.
“The Commissioner of Police Benue State, assures members of the general public and the good people of Benue State of her renewed efforts in crime fighting and appeals to all citizens to remain calm and report suspicious persons or objects to the Police.”