Emerging report reaching Page 36 on Wednesday, indicates that a 3-month-old baby and 12 others have been shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen in separate incidents, in some villages of Guma Local Government Area, Benue State.
The herdsmen opened gunfire on travelers along the Uikpam-Umenger Road, killing 5 people, including the infant, while the remaining 8 people were allegedly killed at Branch Ude.
The Chairman of Guma Local Government Area, Caleb Aba, said: “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 5 people were killed.
“At about 10pm, yesterday, there was another attack at Branch Ude, where about 8 people were killed, bringing the total to 13 people killed only yesterday.
“2 people were injured by the information I received, and they are now receiving treatment in the Hospital.”
A witness, David Mzer, revealed that 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, the State capital.
He disclosed that the Driver of the vehicle dodged the bullets and sped off to a safer location.
His words: “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 shoot at the car in front of him, turned and returned to Uikpam.
“The herders did not 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.”