No fewer than 27 people have been reportedly killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Sunday in the Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State.
The attackers were reported to have invaded the Odugbeho community in the local government between 5:00 pm and 5:30 pm.
A native who mentioned his name to be Dan told Tribune Online that the attackers stormed the community even when some people were burying their dead.
Dan also hinted that the attackers came in their numbers and unleashed terror on the community.
Dan said: “The herdsmen were believed to have come from Nasarawa State and attacked in a guerrilla-style.
“Unfortunately, on Sunday was a market day and some people in the community were burying their dead when they observed that herdsmen had invaded.
The State Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), John Ngbede, also told our correspondent on the phone that 25 corpses have been recovered and buried.
Ngbede who is a political leader in the local government said: “A leader in the village told me this morning that 25 corpses have been found and buried and people are in the bush searching for missing persons.
“The local government chairman with security operatives have gone to the affected community this morning, when they are back, we will be able to know the actual number of people that died.
While confirming the attack, the council chairman, Adohi Sule, said that the militia herders stormed the community between 5:00 pm and 5:30 pm where they killed 27 people.
Sule explained that the attackers invaded the community when some people were burying their dead and others were in the market.
Sule added: “We are just coming back from the community, 27 people were found killed and the herdsmen attacked and fled.
When contacted, the State Command spokesperson, DSP Catherine Anene, did not pick her phone and did not respond to text messages sent to her cellphone.