The police in Benue said they have arrested eight herdsmen over the death of 10 persons and 7 farm animal guards in Guma and logo local Governments of the state on Monday.
The Police PR Officer in the state, Moses Yamu, declared this in a very statement made available to the press agency of Nigeria on Wed in Makurdi.
“Eight herdsmen, six in Guma and two in logo, had been arrested in reference to the attacks,” the police spokesperson said.
He intercalary that the command had made additional deployments to the troubled area to forestall further prevalence and restore the confidence of the people.
Mr. Yamu stressed the case within the 2 local government areas had been brought under control whereas the investigation was in progress.
He said: “They attacked Tomater village in Sengev Council Ward, Akor village in Nzorov Council Ward and Bakin Kwata village in Umanger Council Ward of Guma LGA.”
“Among those killed were seven (7) members of Benue State livestock Guards, their vehicle burnt and an unsure number of persons injured in separate attacks between 31/12/2017 and 02/01/2018.”
“Again, Agba-Uko close to Azege village and Tse-Aga village of logo LGA experienced a similar fate, where one person was killed, one bike burnt and 4 persons injured .”
“All the injured from both LGAs are currently undergoing treatment in various hospitals in the state.”
According to him, 5 combined teams of mobile and conventional policemen led by Assistant Commissioner of Police, Operations, Emmanuel Adesina, have engaged the armed herdsmen in a very gun duel in Guma.
The Benue governor said on Tuesday that 20 individuals were killed in the attacks.
The press agency of Nigeria reports that the Benue Anti-Open Grazing Law came into effect on november 1, 2017, to forestall attacks on Benue communities by suspected herders.
The law stipulates five-year jail term or an option of N1 million fine for violators.
The attack is the initial by suspected herdsmen since the law came into effect.