Gunmen kill 4 villagers in Benue | Dailytrust

Gunmen kill 4 villagers in Benue

Gunmen at the weekend killed four people in Yelewta community of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.

Daily Trust gathered that three of the four deceased were killed by gunmen suspected to be armed herders.

The fourth was allegedly felled by a stray bullet of security agencies in a bid to contain the protest which broke out following the killings of the trio.

It was learnt that protesters poured into the main road linking Makurdi to Lafia when the news of the trio killed in their farm filtered into Yelewta – a rural Benue community which borders Nasarawa state.

Chairman of Guma LGA, Caleb Aba, told Daily Trust on phone that angry youth had blocked the highway to protest the killing of the three teenagers who went to cultivate their farm following the onset of rainy season.

Aba said the killing of the teenagers by suspected herders angered the youth of Yelewta so much that they barricaded the highway with the deceased corpses, making it difficult for motorists to ply the route.

He explained that the development led to the intervention of security agencies including the Police, soldiers of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) and traditional rulers at the scene as they tried to calm the protesters to unblock the road.

“Sadly in an attempt to disperse the angry youth who were resisting, there was a shot by the security agencies and unfortunately, one of the protesters was hit by a bullet and killed,” he said.

The council chairman added that he was already making burial arrangement for the four corpses to be interred.

Aba however noted that normalcy has returned to Yelewta community after the chaos and that the villagers are now going about their businesses.

Contacted, the Police Spokesperson, DSP Catherine Anene, did not respond to calls or text messages put through her telephone to confirm the incident.