Fulani herdsmen numbering about 70 on Sunday [Mar. 15] slaughtered 95 people, mostly women and children in Egba, Agatu LGA of Benue State, PUNCH reports. A survivor, who gave his name simply as Oche, said the herdmen arrived the village between 5am and 6am and started attacking them in their houses.
Oche did not give the number of those wounded but he claimed to have seen 80 dead bodies being evacuated by security operatives and volunteers. He said, “They came with arrows, locally-made guns and knives when most of us were still asleep and started killing us . It was a very bad day for us. I believe that those killed are between 95 and 100 as I counted up to 80 bodies being taken away by people in uniform.”
“Most of those slaughtered were women, children and the aged. Almost all the houses in the community were razed by the attackers.”
But the state Police Commissioner, Hyacinth Dagala, who confirmed the attacks, said records before him showed that 30 people had been confirmed dead. He added that he had already directed the Area Commander to ensure that adequate security was provided in the area.