Over the past two weeks in Benue state, herdsmen attacks have rendered 81 people lifeless according to survivors in Logo and Ukum local government areas.
While speaking to Channels Television on the invasion, the traditional ruler of Logo, Chief Jimmy Meeme, stated that 70 persons were killed in six out of the 10 council wards in his domain and blamed the persistent attacks on his by herdsmen for the loss of lives.
Eyewitnesses also claim that Turan, Mbagber, Yonov and Tombo communities in Logo were attacked on the same day while Varser in Ukum Local Government came under siege, leaving 53 persons dead.
The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, lamented the inability of the security agencies to bring the perpetrators of the coordinated attacks to justice.
In his reaction, the spokesman of the Benue State Police Command, ASP Moses Yamu, dismissed allegations of neglect of duty by security personnel.
He insisted that only 22 deaths were recorded in Logo and Ukum local government areas.
The discrepancy between the figures suggested by the locals and authorities stands at 59. Who’s to blame for the huge gap in numbers?
Source: Channels TV