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Herdsmen kill 3 in Benue village

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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By Sulaiman Shuaib

Three persons have been killed by herdsmen in Tse-Akaa village, Ugondo Mbamar District of Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.

The clash started around 2pm on Sunday when herdsmen were moving alongside herd of cattle from the area.

Last week the State House of Assembly passed a law, prohibiting open grazing and bearing arms by herdsmen.

A witness, Margaret Acka, recounted that three persons were killed in the process while several others were injured.

According to her, a few others are missing after they fled to seek refuge at a nearby village.

“Fulani herdsmen were in my father’s house, shooting and killing at will. Three reported dead and others wounded. When will this end?” she said.

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The spokesman to the Benue State police command, Moses Yamu, confirmed the killings, saying the suspected Fulani herdsmen were relocating from the area as a result of the onset of the rainy season and a clash with the villagers ensued.

“Three persons were killed in the process but the police immediately mobilised to the area and I can assure you that peace has now been restored there,” Mr Yamu, an assistant superintendent of police, said.

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