Gunmen have reportedly killed 12 people in several communities of Ado Local Government Area in Benue State.
Witnesses said the attack on the communities was carried out simultaneously between Saturday night and early hours of Sunday in Tologa, Ndi-Obasi, Odoken all in Ekile Council Ward of Ijigban District, Ado Local Government Area.
Chairman of Ado Council, James Oche, told journalists in Makurdi on telephone that 12 people were killed during a coordinated attack on five villages in his area.
Oche alleged that the attack was a reprisal by suspected herders after some persons believed to be IPOB members crossed over from Ebonyi State to his Ado Local Government in Benue State and killed one elderly Fulani man identified as Muhammad Isah.
“I suspect that the herders came on reprisal because of one elderly Fulani man known as Isah Muhammad who lived in one of the affected communities that shared boundary with Ohakwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and was recently killed by IPOB members, who crossed over to the comunity in Ado,” he said.
Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for Benue Command, DSP Catherine Anene, was yet to reply to calls and text messages put through her telephone at the time of sending this report.