Gunmen attacked a rural village in north-central Nigeria, killing dozens of individuals, native authorities officers stated Friday.
The assault occurred on Wednesday in the neighborhood of Umogidi, in Benue State, the place clashes are frequent between nomadic herders and sedentary farmers competing for land and assets.
“The 46 victims have been from the our bodies of the victims discovered and recovered. Many individuals are nonetheless lacking, so the variety of folks killed might be greater,” Paul Hemba, safety adviser to the Benue state governor, instructed AFP.
He blamed herdsmen who he stated had attacked native communities over the previous month.
“Troopers have been despatched to the scene, so the state of affairs is a bit calm now. »
The motive for the assault is unclear, however Benue has been one of many nations hardest hit by clashes between farmers and herders whom they accuse of destroying farmland with the grazing of their livestock.
A consultant for the Nationwide Breeders Affiliation was not instantly obtainable for remark.
Bala Ejeh, Otukpo native authorities chairman, stated the gunmen attacked on Wednesday afternoon as folks mourned three others killed the day earlier than.
He additionally stated 46 our bodies had been discovered thus far, together with that of his personal son and two of his relations.
Communal violence is simply one of many safety challenges dealing with the president-elect Bola Tinubu who final month received a presidential election marked by heavy delays and accusations of electoral fraud.
Safety forces are additionally grappling with a 14-year-old jihadist battle within the from the nation northwest and separatist assaults within the southeast.
Intercommunal violence has reworked into broader crime within the northwest and heart of the nation, the place closely armed bandit militias are ransacking villages and finishing up mass kidnappings for ransom.