Scores of people have been killed from herdsmen attacks on communities in Benue state in the last two weeks, eyewitnesses claim.
According to Channels Television, the traditional ruler of Logo, Jimmy Meeme, said 70 persons were killed in six out of the 10 council wards in his domain.
Meeme said the attacks were carried out by herdsmen on territorial occupation campaign.
The report also said that eyewitnesses claimed 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 State Coordinator of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Garus Gololo has promised to track down those responsible for the attacks.
Governor Samuel Ortom lamented the inability of the security agencies to arrest the perpetrators of the coordinated attacks.
Spokesperson of the Benue State Police Command, ASP Moses Yamu, dismissed allegations of neglect of duty by security personnel. Yamu insisted that only 22 deaths were recorded in Logo and Ukum local government areas.
Nigerians have taken to Twitter to condemn the incident which is becoming an everyday affair.
— It’s ur kid,ladumdum (@ladumdum) July 11, 2016
— @MAҨMILLIƏ ♤♡♢♧☆ (@maQmillie) July 11, 2016
When will bad things like #BenueMassacre stop in Nigeria??
— Femi Ijadimbola (@FIjadimbola) July 11, 2016
81 ppl killed, d nation moves on as nothing happened yet d nation stood still 4 extra one day cos there was no moon sighting #BenueMassacre
— Mazi Pita (OON) (@Elite_79) July 11, 2016
They need to be stopped NOW,or we risk falling into a state of anarchy. At some point,people will start defending themselves.#BenueMassacre
— sage (@Ero_senniN__) July 11, 2016
— End #ChildLabour (@fodeh2001) July 11, 2016
Keeping silent in the face of the #BenueMassacre only encourages the killers to do more. Let us condemn this please.
— Nnaemeka Ezeribe (@utuakpa) July 11, 2016
If the unity of our country is non negotiable, I see no reason why the protection of lives and properties should be #BenueMassacre
— Simeon (@simmeonii) July 11, 2016
They are ending lives and nothing is being done to stop them. It’s not too much to ask for us to be safe from these monsters #BenueMassacre
— Ellie (@Ajmystro) July 11, 2016