Fresh Attacks: Herdsmen kill undisclosed number of villagers Benue

18 Killed In Fresh Attack On Benue Village

Police spokesperson Terver Akase told CNN that the attackers "burnt almost 50 houses and [ransacked] the entire community".

Suspected armed herdsmen have killed no fewer than 20 persons and several persons declared missing in Tse Agudu, Mbawa Council Ward, Guma Local Government Area of Benue state.

He said the attack on the church was a new dimension to the farmers/herdsmen crisis and one that needs a determined and appropriate response from the federal government and the security agencies the way insurgency in the North East is being tackled, adding that what they are experiencing today is insurgency.

In a State House statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adeshina, President Buhari described the killing as "vile and satanic".

"People started scampering and wailing", said Angor, saying that scores were "gunned down in cold blood while many sustained injuries including bullet wounds".

The students, under the umbrella of the National Association of Benue State Students (NUBESS), issued the ultimatum in a communiqué released after their general assembly at Ministry of Education in Makurdi.

People were running in all directions, they killed our people like animals who were mostly women and children.

Mervyn Thomas, Chief Executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), said: "This cowardly attack on people who had merely gathered to worship constitutes a gross violation of the right to freedom of religion or belief". They also burnt down more than 100 houses.

"We can not tell why they are doing this to us". Many villagers fled into the bush as the militia men fired indiscriminately, burning down around 73 homes and destroying food stores.

"We condemn this heinous attack and convey our condolences to the people and government of Nigeria".

When contacted, the Benue State Police Commissioner.

Also, suspected Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday killed seven people at Ihuman village in Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

The President of Tiv Youth Organization in Nasarawa State, Peter Ahemba, confirmed the incident.

It said the action was not only despicable but unheard of in the history of the country.

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