According to reports, the armed bandits arrived on Tuesday night and attacked Gbeji Village in Ukum Local Government Area. The attackers first opened fire at the playground of a Catholic Church parish where children were playing football before making their way into the village proper.
“They stopped at the church in their Army uniform and shot and killed an old man who was watching football and the children dispersed immediately. We counted seven bodies when we sneaked into the village this afternoon. But we’re still waiting for the police and SEMA (Benue State Emergency Management Agency) workers to arrive and go inside the village very well. We expect that they would recover maybe 25 or 30 bodies or more from the village” a resident of the community, Garfa Iorhe, said
The second attack took place at Channel One, a small village in Logo Local Government Area.
“We suspect that the same herdsmen who attacked Gbeji also came to Channel One to kill people there because they also dressed like soldiers,” said a resident who pleaded anonymity because he’s a member of local security unit and was not authorised to give information to the media.
Meanwhile residents of both communities have fled to neighboring towns to take refuge.