Death toll in Thursday’s attack on communities in Kwande and Gwer West Local Government areas of Benue State by armed herdsmen has risen from 20 to 22, a report by the native authorities disclosed.
During the attack, 20 persons were initially killed on Thursday morning in what appeared another coordinated attack on communities in Waya, Jato-Aka, Turan and villages in Mbabuande and Mbapa Council Wards of Kwande and Gwer West Local Areas of the state respectively.
But after the attacks, 12 bodies were later said to have been recovered from the affected communities in Gwer West and eight others were found in Kwande LGAs.
A statemqent by the Chairman Gwer West Traditional Council, the Ter Tyochin, Chief Daniel Abomste, which contained names of those who lost their lives, indicated that two more bodies were later recovered from the scenes of the attack .
The royal fathet who confirmed that the districts affected in the attack were Mbapa and Mbabuande, noted that “the communities directed affected are Tse-Ibe where nine persons were killed.
“Two persons were murdered in Tse-Achai; one was killed in Katsa while Tse-Mkem recorded two deaths.
“From Mbapa district the following persons were murdered; Hembazan Nyitamen, Simon Shenge, Msugh Nguanyi, Aondowase Uchir, Boi Shenge who was a 10-year-old son of Simon Shenge. Others include Tyohemba Chiatyo, Prince Antse Saka, Terna Kwaghgba and Titus Ianna all of Tse-Ibe village. Also, murdered in Tse Katsa village was Mr. Iorbee Ianna.
“From Mbabuande district at Tse-Mkem village, Torhile Jir, Pastor Aondo Akura Joji, James Jir and Ajii Bagu were murdered by the terrorists.”
According to the native head “when news of the attack reached the troops of Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, the team stationed in Agagbe swiftly responded to save the locals, but unfortunately, one soldier was shot on the abdomen and on the right hand, leaving him in a bad condition.”
“We deeply identify with the wounded soldier and thank the military for her proactiveness in curbing insecurity induced by the invading force of the killer Fulani herdsmen. We pray for the quick healing of the wounded soldier,” he bemoaned.