Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen on Monday night ambushed and killed five timber dealers in Udei and Yelwata communities of Guma Local Government area in Benue State.
Hon. Caleb Aba, Chairman of the local government confirmed the killing to Naija News on phone on Tuesday.
According to him, “16 timber dealers were last night ambushed in Udei and Yelwata communities by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen and five of them were killed while others are still missing.
“The dealers went to load the timber they had cut from the forest in Mbagwen on Monday evening and the killers ambushed and killed them when they were coming out of the forest.
“They were 16 in number but so far, five corpses have been recovered out of the 16 persons. I have reported the matter to police authorities.”
Meanwhile, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anane could not be reached for the command’s confirmation as at time of this report.