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8 Herdsmen Arrested By The Police Over Benue Killings



– Police confirm the arrest of 8 herdsmen over Benue state killings.

– The suspected killers are allegedly reacting to the anti-grazing law which recently became operational in the state.

Police arrest 8 herdsmen over recent killings in Benue state.

The Benue state command of the Nigeria Police have confirmed the arrest of eight herdsmen over the death of several individuals in the Guma and Logo local government areas of the state.

The development was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Moses Yamu, on Wednesday in Makurdi.

“Eight herdsmen, six in Guma and two in Logo, had been arrested in connection with the attacks,” the police spokesman said.

“They attacked Tomater village in Sengev Council ward, Akor village in Nzorov council ward and Bakin Kwata village in Umanger council ward of Guma LGA.

“Among those killed were seven (7) members of Benue State Livestock Guards, their vehicle burnt and an uncertain number of persons injured in separate attacks between 31/12/2017 and 02/01/2018.

“Again, Agba-Uko near Azege village and Tse-Aga village of Logo LGA experienced the same fate, where one person was killed, one motorcycle burnt and four persons injured.

“All the injured from both LGAs are currently undergoing treatment in various hospitals in the State.”

Naija News reports that the attacks were reportedly carried out in reaction to the implementation of the anti-open grazing law by the Governor Samuel Ortom led administration in the state, which the Fulani herdsmen had complained would adversely affect their means of livelihood.

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