Residents flee Benue community over herders’ attack

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Edikwu-Oiji community in Apa local government area of Benue state has been desolated as residents flee the ancient town for safety.

The mass exodus was on the heels of the escalating attack on the community by suspected Fulani herdsmen militia.

Some residents of the community who spoke to newsmen on Monday alleged that the herders came in numbers with dangerous weapons and surrounded the whole community. They lamented that the farm produce of the community are being destroyed while the remaining were left to feed their cattle.

A resident who preferred anonymity said the terrorists warned the displaced people never to step their feet on the farm, “the entire community had been living in fear and apprehension.

“Many of the residents had begun to relocate from the community following the Fulani herdsmen’s attack.

“The security situation is overstretched and no sign of intervention from any quarter as we speak. The whole community is helpless to contend with armed Fulani herdsmen, lives and properties remain precarious and every other normal activity is being crippled. This is worrisome, are we not Nigerians any longer…? He asked.

He continued, “We want to appeal to the Federal and state government to come to our aid; we need serious presence of security agencies in this community,” he pleaded.

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