At least 15 people have been killed and houses set ablaze in a fresh attack by suspected herdsmen on Olosu, a village in Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State.
According to police report, the incident took place after a peace meeting was summoned to address fight between Irate Youths from Omutu and some herdsmen.
The herdsmen during the meeting went on rampage slaughtering 15 people and setting houses ablaze.
The location of the attack is said to be close to the camp of the herdsmen.
The Benue State Police Command, in a statement, confirmed the killings, stating that four suspects had been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder.
The statement read “The Benue Police wishes to report that, today at about 0730hrs, information was received from the Security Adviser, Okpokwu LGA that some Irate Youths from Omutu engaged some Herdsmen in a fight, maiming some cows, while two (2) herdsmen were found missing.
“A peace meeting was immediately initiated with the Chairman of the LGA and the Head of the Fulani Community in the area, while a Police Search Party went in search of the 2 missing Herdsmen, one of who was found killed.
“Unfortunately, as the search and peace meeting were ongoing, some herdsmen surreptitiously went on rampage, resulting in matcheting to death of 15 persons mainly women and children, while some houses were set ablaze.
“Four (4) suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder. An extensive patrol of the community is ongoing which will be reinforce with the Special Forces.”