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One person was reportedly killed while three girls were raped over the weekend when suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked Mbalaagh community in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State.
Also, several other residents were missing after the attack. It was gathered that the three girls were in their farm when the suspected Fulani herdsmen, armed with AK 47 rifles and machetes, attacked, raped and dispossessed them of their valuables, including handsets.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Daniel Ezeala, who confirmed the incident, said one girl died as a result of the attack while another one was hospitalised. Ezeala added that the police search team and the Civilian Task Force set up by the state government during the Fulani/Farmers crisis, had already commenced investigation into the matter. The PPRO, who said the girls were attacked by only one Fulani boy, said that relative calm had returned to the troubled area.
He commended residents of Mbalaagh community for not taking the law into their hands to heat up the polity. The residents of Mbalaagh community had recently complained of the excesses of the Fulani herdsmen, even after the peace deal to end over three years of conflict between the two warring sides was brokered.
The residents had complained several times that the herdsmen were beating their wives in the farms, stopping people from farming in particular areas they claimed were close to their settlements, and freely grazing on farms, destroying crops as well as threatening to attack them.
Source: New Telegraph