The Benue State Police Command, has refuted media reports that 81 persons were killed by suspected Fulani Herdsmen between May 30 and June 20, 2016, in Logo and Ukums Local government areas of the state, among others. Agatu In a statement by the command’s spokesperson, ASP Moses Yamu, via the Force Headquarter’s Facebook page on Tuesday, the Police said it witnessed only 22 deaths and not 81.

The statement read: “The attention of the Benue State Police Command has been drawn to a publication on page 8 of the a national newspaper (not Vanguard), dated July 11, 2016, tagged “Herdmen kill 81 in Benue.” The Command wishes to state that the reports was a gross misrepresentation of the true facts on ground in the state. “For purposes of clarity, the Benue State command witnessed incidents of herdsmen attacks on some communities in the state including: Logo and Ukum LGAs where we recorded 22 deaths between May 30 and June 20, 2016.

“Further breakdown of the incidents and casualties recorded is enunciated as follows: On 30/5/2016, Tse Aondo and Tse Ankyou communities in Ukum LGA were attacked, where seven persons were killed. “On 21/6/2016, Vaase community of Ukum LGA attacked and four persons killed. “On 17/6/2016, Mbachom community in the Turan council ward and Tse Gabo village, in the Nenzev council ward, were attacked and one and six persons killed respectively. “On 20/6/2016, Anyiin community was attacked and four persons killed. “The total number of deaths recorded during the period, was 22 persons and not 81 as reported.” Adding, Yamu, said: “Meanwhile, in order to quickly stem the tide of such incidents in the affected areas and indeed, other perceived volatile locations in the state, Mobile Policemen have been fully deployed to effectively checkmate these excesses.

“The Commissioner of Police Benue State, assures members of the general public and the good people of Benue State of her renewed efforts in crime fighting and appeals to all citizens to remain calm and report suspicious persons or objects to the Police.

Credit: Vanguard