No less than twenty four persons, mostly women and children, were, on Monday, killed in a bloody attack on Omosu village in Ojigo ward Edumoga of Okpokwu local government area of Benue state by suspected herdsmen.
This disclosure was made by the council chairman, Olofu Ogwuche, while taking the State Governor, Samuel Ortom, round the affected community on Tuesday, March 6.
The governor and members of state security council had visited Omusu Edimoga for an on-the-spot assessment.
During the visit, Ogwuche said the herdsmen had reported to the council the loss of their cows some kilometers from the affected village.
The council chairman further disclosed that he was already mediating in the crisis when report got to him that the herdsmen had invaded the village and killed some people.
The herdsmen were said to have invaded the community between 2pm and 3pm on Monday, allegedly killing some children who were returning from school.
Ogwuche said, “It was on Monday that Police came to inform me that herdsmen reported that people of Omusu Edimoga village had rustled their cows.
“When I heard this, I started mediating over the issue, during which I received information that herdsmen had invaded the community.
“Immediately I got the report, I rushed down, and with the help of the Police, we were able to recover 17 corpses and took them to the mortuary at the General Hospital in Okpoga.
“This morning (Tuesday), when we came here, we recovered the body of six persons and they have also been taken to the mortuary.
“But as we were moving around, the corpse of an 11-year-old girl was also recovered.
“So, in all, 24 persons had died, and some are still missing.”