NIGERIA: THE GATHERING STORM
Johan Viljoen, Reabetswe Tloubatla
20 October 2023
Benue State continues to bear the brunt of violent attacks. Below is an unedited version of the latest reportr by the Diocese of Makurdi Foundation for Justice, Development and Peace:
FOUNDATION FOR JUSTICE, DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE UPDATE ON THE HERDER ATTACK ON CHRISTIAN FARMERS.
Date of Incident: 12th October, 2023
Location: Tyolaha, along Naka – Makurdi Road, Gwer West LGA.
This is an incident report of a tragic armed terrorist herdsmen attack around Tyolaha village along Naka – Makurdi road, Gwer West LGA, on the 12th October, 2023. The tragic incident occurred as militia Fulani terrorists attacked and blocked Naka – Makurdi road around Tyolaha village, as they unleashed terror on a Benue Links Toyota Bus conveying passengers from Makurdi to Otukpo enroute Naka road, leading to the gruesome killing of two persons in the Bus. The names of the deceased are yet to be known at the time filing this report. More sadly, the armed terrorists abducted over 8 persons (passengers in the same Bus) as they were taken to an unknown location in the bush. This attack comes barely after a week when the Terrorists carried out a similar attack at Tse Awunah village, along Naka – Agagbe road in same Gwer West LGA, where they ambushed, attacked and killed one Ezekiel Atakpa, while inflicting varying degrees of injuries on three other persons who are still receiving treatment at the BSU Teaching Hospital Makurdi.