Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen reportedly attacked a home in Benue State on Tuesday night, December 15 and killed a layer and his pregnant wife.
According to the report made available on social media on Wednesday (today), the incident happened at Agboughul area of Makurdi, the state capital in the late hour of Tuesday.
Naija News understands that Moses Udam, a Managing Partner at Orkar, Udam and Associates (Attorneys and Legal Consultants), was murdered alongside his pregnant wife, Nkechi Udam while resting in their apartment at night.
A source who disclosed the incident on social media revealed that the attackers stormed their residence in the middle of the night while they were asleep and slaughtered them.
One elder Nyikyor Mazugu was also killed while three people sustained a series of injuries during the attack, Naija News learnt.
Responding to the incident, the state governor, Samuel Ortom, said under his watch “will not succumb to attacks by ”terrorists whether they are jihadists or militia herders whose sole target is an occupation of the state and destruction of lives and property.”
Ortom stated this while speaking with reporters on Wednesday when he visited the scene of herders’ attack on Agboughul community.
He stated that the pattern of the attack and killings barely four days after a similar incident at Tse-Angbande was unfortunate and bore the handwriting of mindless jihadists who had set out to overrun the state.
According to him, “the series of attacks were a grand plan to whittle down operations of Livestock Guards and Agro Rangers who are doing very well in containing attacks on communities and enforcing the ranching law of the state.
Ortom lamented that developed climes globally with higher number of cattle compared to Nigeria have no cases of conflicts between herders and farmers due to ranching which is also being practised in Benue, stressing that he would continue to speak against impunity in the country.
Naija News learnt that the deceased lawyer had in 2015 contested for Makurdi Local Government Chairmanship seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Two days ago, Naija News reports that unknown gunmen raided a village in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger state yesterday and abducted at least 19 people.