The Chairman of Gwer West Local Government Area, LGA, of Benue state, has in a security report confirmed the killing of four civilians, and the abduction of one by militant Fulani Herdsmen.
Sections of the report read as follows:
“On Saturday, May 15, 2021, at about 5 pm armed Fulani militia attacked Tse Shishim village…. According to two survivors of the attack, three of them went to their village to take some food for their families who are taking refuge at Naka. The armed Fulanis on sighting them started pursuing them with AK-47 guns and cutlasses.
Two of them ran and escaped narrowly while 35-year-old Terhemba Shishim was killed by the attackers. Security agencies on receiving the reports combed the village the following morning but the body of the deceased could not be found, except his footwears and other belongings which were found in a nearby bush in the village.
Similarly, yesterday May 16, 2021, armed Fulani militia again between 2 pm and 7 pm simultaneously launched attacks on Tse Iber village in Jimba settlement area, the attackers killed 28-year-old Teryila Agbe and 40-year Torloko Adamu.”
According to a report by International Christian Concern, “this attack is just one of many that have claimed the lives of thousands of Christians in the past decade”.
“The widespread attacks have been classified by some as normal historical conflicts over land rights, while others are assured that these attacks constitute pure jihad amounting to genocide,” it reads.