Report reaching Page 36 has confirmed that a three-month-old baby and 12 adults have been shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen in separate incidences in some villages of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
The herdsmen have opened gunfire on travellers on Uikpam – Umenger Road around killing five people, including the infant while the remaining eight people were allegedly killed at Branch Ude.
Council Chairman of Guma, Caleb Aba, revealed that: “it is true that there was an attack.
“There was a burial in Torkula and people who were coming back from the burial came under attack and about five people were killed.
“At about 10 pm, yesterday there was another attack at Branch Ude where about eight people were killed, bringing the total to 13 people killed only yesterday.
“Two people were injured by the information I received and they are now receiving treatment in the hospital.”
A witness, David Mzer, said he was on his way with some friends in a car to Umenger for a political meeting when they observed that the vehicle in front of them was fired at severally, forcing them to turn back to Makurdi.
Mzer disclosed that the driver of the vehicle dodged the bullets and sped off to a safer location.
“The herdsmen blocked the road, and opened fire on a Toyota Picnic, killing a 3 month-old baby who was shot in the chest, and his mother was shot on her lap.
“My colleague, who was directly behind the Toyota Picnic on seeing the herders shot at the car in front of him, turned and returned to Uikpam.
“The herders didn’t stop there, a certain Terver from Uvir, who was conveying his wife, had their life taken from them. A certain Solomon Kumaiin was butchered by the killers.
“The body of Terver and his wife were immediately taken to a mortuary in Daudu, while the injured were brought to BSUTH for treatment,” he narrated.