The governor of Benue State, Hyacinth Alia, has denounced the attacks on the Ayilamo and Mbachohon towns in the state’s Logo and Gwer-West local government areas by alleged armed herders.
According to reports, the armed individuals who have been terrorizing the state and murdering innocent residents broke into the towns on Tuesday night and opened fire intermittently, killing an unknown number of locals.
The incident also resulted in the burning down of many homes, forcing inhabitants to flee.
In a statement following the event, Alia expressed displeasure with the herders’ malicious behavior. The message was released by his Chief Press Secretary, Sir Tersoo Kula.
He bemoaned the fact that terrorists are brutally murdering defenseless Benue civilians for motives that, in his opinion, are hard to comprehend and identify.
According to the governor, his government “cannot watch people killed daily on their farmlands and in their villages for a very unknown cause.”
Alia urged on the security services in the state to swiftly capture anyone suspected of being behind such crimes and put them before the law while expressing sympathy to the families of those who lost loved ones in the assaults.
Additionally, he urged the state’s youth and traditional leaders to exercise caution and alert security services to any suspicious activity.