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Bandits on rampage at Benue, Kebbi, Bauchi Communities

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Daredevil bandits have swept through a number of communities in Benue, Kebbi and Bauchi states in a wave of terror that claimed several lives, Tribune gathered.

In Benue State, suspected herders invaded four communities in Guma Local Government Area, killed 18 persons and injured several others.

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According to natives, the invaders stormed Ukohol village on Thursday which was a market day. There, they killed several people.

It was gathered that when the herders were done with Ukohol, they moved to other nearby communities where they continued their shooting spree.

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The chairman of Guma Local Government Area, Mike Ubah, confirmed the attacks and the killing of 18 persons.

Speaking to newsmen on Friday, Ubah said: “My people at Ukohol were attacked by armed herders who killed about 10 people. The worst of it all is that they even killed children below the age of two.

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“They didn’t stop at that, they went to three settlements around and killed eight more persons, bringing the number of the dead to 18. The herders killed 10 at the market and eight in the villages when they were returning.

“Security operatives were prompt and that is what saved the day. If they had delayed, the causality figure would have been more than that.

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“It was a market day. They went there and started shooting. What is happening now is that they are trying to dislodge people from their villages and settlements, occupy them and graze in the night.

“The herders appeared in black attires. No village was spared. The whole of the 10 council wards in Guma were affected.”

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