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No fewer than 116 persons were weekend killed by killer herders in communities in Benue and Plateau states.

While over 100 were killed in four wards in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State by a combination of killer herders, who acted in connivance with loyalists of late militia leader, Terwase Agwaza, alias Gana, 16 had their lives snuffed out in Jos North and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau State. These came as hundreds of angry youths yesterday blocked the Karina-Suleja-Abuja highway, following the attack of their communities by bandits who abducted 15 persons, mainly women and children.

In the Benue killing, ConfirmNews gathered from a reliable source in the area who spoke on condition of anonymity, that the gangs had between Saturday and Sunday invaded and sacked several communities at Yooyo, Utange, Mbatura/Mberev and Mbayongo Council Wards in the LGA.

He said: ‘’Since Saturday, communities in four council Wards have come under severe attacks by armed herdsmen who are supported by a local militia gang made up of loyalists of late Terwase Agwaza, alias Gana.

“The villages and communities in the four council Wards have been like war zones since Saturday. The militia gangs moved from one community to another shooting sporadically, killing and looting the properties of the people. “The development has created pandemonium of unimaginable proportion in Katsina-Ala LGA. The gangs have adopted the commando-style attacks to kill unsuspecting farmers.

“They attack a community and before the military and security personnel arrive the scene, they pull out and invade another community.

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“As we speak so many persons have been killed between Saturday and Sunday, and the people are fleeing and running for several kilometres to safer places and communities but the fear is that nobody knows the next community that would be invaded.’’

Confirming the development, Chairman of Katsina-Ala LGA, Mr. Alfred Atera, said the situation and manner of attacks might have overwhelmed the military and security personnel on ground in Katsina-Ala. He said:“The herdsmen have developed a strategy. They are not attacking just one place; they have been attacking from one place to the other. If they attack Kwaghaondo, the next thing you hear is that they are attacking Utange.

“Four Council Wards are under attack by the herdsmen. They include Yooyo, Utange, Mbatura/Mberev and Mbayongo Council Wards.

“More than 100 people have been killed at different places. I told the military that the attackers have developed a strategy of attacking from one place to the other. “So the military and security personnel are going here and there. But before they get to a place, the attackers had finished and gone to another point, that is the situation in Katsina-Ala.

“The authorities are aware of all these things. As I am speaking to you, my traditional rulers are here to see what we can do at our own level.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent, DSP, Catherine Anene, said she was yet to receive reports of the incident from the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, for Katsina-Ala LGA.

On his part, the Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke, Brig. Gen. Clement Apere, said “the narrative is not true.”

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