By Peter Duru, Makurdi
At least seven persons were feared dead in renewed battle between suspected herdsmen and natives at Mkgovur village in Buruku local government area of Benue State.
Sunday Vanguard gathered that the battle, which erupted on Friday, forced many in Buruku and neighboring Gboko local government areas to flee their homes for fear of being killed.
“It all started on Friday when the herdsmen forcefully entered our village to graze on farmland but they were resisted by our youths”, an eye witness said.
“They left only to mobilize and storm our village in large numbers, shooting sporadically and chasing us from our houses,
“As we speak about seven people have been killed while many are still unaccounted for”.
When contacted, the state Chairman of Maiyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Garus Gololo, said the invaders were not indigenous Fulani. “They came from Taraba and went to Mkgovur village on Friday but were resisted by the villagers”, Gololo said.
Gololo, who could not ascertain the number of casualties, said: “It is our agreement now that any Fulani man not known to any host community should not be allowed to stay in any community in Benue, so when the herders entered Mkgovur village, they were resisted. I think that was what provoked them to invade the village this morning.”
Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent, ASP, Moses Yamu, confirmed the attack.