Two teenage girls have been reportedly slaughtered and the third inflicted life threatening injuries by a group of armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, at Zongo village, in Guma local government area of Benue State.
The latest killing, which is generating tension in Makurdi, the state capital, came few months after the resolution of the bloody conflict between Benue farmers and Fulani herders which claimed hundreds of lives and property across five local government areas of Benue.
Sunday Vanguard gathered that the three girls, yesterday, left their homes in the North Bank area of Makurdi in search of firewood in the bush when the group of armed men allegedly attacked them.
They were said to have struck the girls, killing two on the spot while the third later escaped after the attackers mistook her for dead.
“The third girl, Jergba, who luckily escaped with her life, ran back to the village in a pool of blood and was instantly rushed to a public hospital in Makurdi where she is currently receiving treatment after which the Police was alerted”, a source said.
When contacted, the Benue State Police spokesman, Superintendent, SP, Daniel Ezeala, confirmed the attack stressing that the leader of the gang, one Adul Ibrahim, had been arrested.
Ezeala said the bodies of the slain girls had been deposited at the North Bank General Hospital, while investigations into the matter were ongoing.
He assured that all those behind the dastardly act would be arrested by the police and made to face prosecution.
The PPRO pleaded with members of the public to desist from taking the law into their hands assuring that the police would not rest until justice was done in the matter.