According to the Punch,during another incessant massacre on the Iye neighbourhood in the Uvir Council Ward of the Guma Local Government Area LGA in Benue state, it is believed that suspected armed Fulani herdsmen were responsible for the deaths of approximately 18 residents,whose heads were beheaded by the attackers.
Following the information obtained by local news reporters,it was reported that the bloodthirsty attackers broke into the neighbourhood at approximately six o'clock in the evening on Sunday,21st May 2023 when the locals were going about their usual business activities at the marketplace.
Quite unfortunately,it was noted that the heads of some of the deceased victims, which included women and children, were chopped off, after which their leftovers were set on fire along with their houses and storage sheds for food.
In addition,during the incident that has brought fear and sorrow upon the community, other villagers paid with their blood but barely survived after getting brutalized by the herdsmen who showed no mercy while executing their nefarious schemes.
When contacted,an indigene of the affected settlement who lost a family member amidst the tragic incident explained to newsmen that,“Fulani herdsmen attacked Iye community around 6pm on Sunday. They killed over 18 people, including my brother. They also injured several others and burnt down many houses, including some of the victims. The attack occurred on Iye market day when people were busy trading".
“This attack is unfortunate because we were displaced from our village, Tse-Orvihi in Uvir Council Ward of the same Guma LGA and my family members took refuge at Iye, where they now came and killed my brother on Sunday",he lamented.
Furthermore,another local who experience the way the Fulani herdsmen were killing people in cold blood,described the attack,"as one of the most heartbreaking experience for everyone in the region as the invaders butchered and chopped off the heads of little children as well as their mothers without having any form of sympathy for them,They're not going to stop until everybody is put to the ground".
In the meantime,after verifying the sad occurrence, the Commissioner of Police for Benue state, Mr Julius Alawari, responded to newsmen inquiries staying that seven dead bodies were scattered and found in nearby bushes from the location of the bloody assault.
The police boss then assured that, “a combined team of Operation Whirl Stroke, the Police, and the Volunteer Guards confronted and repelled them. One of the attackers was also killed".
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