Benue killings: Dogs used to uncover corpses in shallow graves

…as Fulani militia kill prisoner in Jato-Aka

A member of the House of Representatives, representing Buruku Constituency, of Benue State, Hon. Emmanuel Yisa Orker Jev, yesterday said over 20 peasant farmers were cruelly murdered by armed Fulani herdsmen, who invaded some communities in Buruku Local Government Area. In fact, dogs were being used by the locals to discover the corpses buried in shallow graves in the bush.

This was as the Fulani terrorists killed a young man (name withheld), said to be serving his jail term at the Mini Prison, located along Jato Aka- Kashimbila Road.

Jev, who was spotted at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, for a security meeting with the state governor, Samuel Ortom, among other stakeholders, stated this in an interview with journalists on the carnage in his constituency, alleged to have been carried out by the Fulani herdsmen.

“Some of the corpses were discovered in the sand, while the dogs that helped in recovering some bodies that were buried in shallow graves.

For now, as far as the information we received, over 20 people were said to have killed, in which 15 corpses had already been discovered,” Jev added. He disclosed that 15 corpses had so far been recovered, while scores of others were yet to be recovered.

The lawmaker, however, noted that at the moment, the spate of killing has reduced and that the people have begun to return to their ancestral homes, noting that the herdsmen had shifted to Mbatie community, where they also wreaked havoc.

“There is uneasy calm in the area since the invaders are still within the vicinity and that the people cannot guarantee if there will be peace in the communities for a long time,” he noted. Jev lamented the nonarrest of any of the herdsmen since the attacks by security operatives in the state, alleging that it was collaboration by the Federal Government towards killing the people.

He commended how the recent Zaki-Biam massacre was brought under control, even as he appealed to the Federal Government to extend such intervention to Buruku to reduce the carnage among the people. He appealed to the people to remain calm despite the provocation and expressed optimism that the Federal Government will in the fullness of time, disarm them.

However, the killing of the prisoner, New Telegraph gathered occurred when the victim went to take his bath with other inmates at Mkomon River, a tributary of River Katsina- Ala.

The victim, New Telegraph also gathered that he was reportedly shot in the head and died instantly in the river, while his remains had since been deposited at the morgue at the NKST Hospital, Jato Aka.

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