Benue New Year Attack: Death Toll Increases To At Least 20

Pius Angbo  
Updated January 2, 2018

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The number of deaths recorded from New Year attack on Benue communities by suspected herdsmen has increased.

Governor Samuel Ortom confirmed the number of casualties shortly after the state security council meeting held on Tuesday.

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Five persons, including a pregnant woman, were earlier killed in Guma and Logo Local Government Area of Benue State by suspected herdsmen while six livestock guards were killed in Sanghev ward.

The security meeting according to the governor is aimed at reviewing security strategy due to the rising tension across the state.

Governor Ortom also visited those receiving treatment from gunshot injuries at the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, where the Chief Medical Director confirmed the receiving 11 bodies and nine injured victims out of which three died while being treated.

The killings prompted the emergency state security council meeting which was chaired by Governor Samuel Ortom.

Despite the law banning open grazing in Benue state, the herdsmen have resumed incessant attack against communities in the state.