JUST IN: 34 people were killed in an IDP camp in Benue


Gunmen reportedly killed 34 people in an attack on an IDP camp at LGEA Primary School Mgban in Nyiev Council Ward of Guma Local Government Area in Benue State on Friday night.

According to a resident merely identified as Jonah, armed men invaded the village at 9 p.m. on Friday.

According to him, a pregnant mother and her son were among those slain, while many more were injured.

Similarly, Christopher Waku, the Security Adviser for Guma Local Government Council, told Dailytrust that 34 people were killed and nearly 40 others were injured.

Waku, who told the publication he was at the scene of the tragedy, said the victims had been displaced from their numerous ancestral homes and were taking sanctuary in a classroom at LGEA Mgban.

“We recovered 24 corpses inside the classroom while the remaining 10 bodies were picked up along the road in the community. They were killed while running away.

“It happened yesterday (Friday), about few minutes after 9pm. Some armed men suspected to be herders came and attacked the community called Mgban; killed 34 persons while over 40 were severely injured and have been taking to the hospital. This killing can best be described as genocide,” Waku said.

SP Catherine Anene, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Benue Police Command, confirmed the event to Dailytrust.

“Incident confirmed please,” Anene stated without details.

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