A 3-month-old baby and 12 others have been murdered in some villages of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State by yet-to-be identified gunmen.
Multiple sources said five people including an infant died when gunmen had opened gunfire on travellers on Uikpam – Umenger road around 3 pm on Tuesday.
It was gathered that eight people were not soared by the rampaging hoodlums that attacked at Branch Ude at about 10p.m on the same day.
The Chairman of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, Caleb Aba, confirmed the incidents.
“It is true that there was an attack yesterday (Tuesday).
“There was a burial in Torkula and people who were coming back from the burial came under attack and about five people were killed.
“At about 10 pm, yesterday there was another attack at Branch Ude where about eight people were killed, bringing the total to 13 people killed only yesterday.
“Two people were injured by the information I received and they are now receiving treatment in the hospital.”
Daily Trust quoted a witness, Mr. David Mzer, as saying that he was on his way with some friends in a car to Umenger for a political meeting when they observed that the vehicle in front of them was fired at severally, forcing them to turn back to Makurdi.
Mzer said the driver of the vehicle dodged the bullets and sped off to a safer location.
“The herdsmen blocked the road, and opened fire on a Toyota Picnic, killing a 3 month-old baby who was shot in the chest, and his mother was shot on her lap.
“My colleague, who was directly behind the Toyota Picnic on seeing the herders shot at the car in front of him, turned and returned to Uikpam.
“The herders didn’t stop there, a certain Terver from Uvir, who was conveying his wife, had their life taken from them. A certain Solomon Kumaiin was butchered by the killers.
“The body of Terver and his wife were immediately taken to a mortuary in Daudu, while the injured were brought to Benue State University Teaching Hospital, BSUTH for treatment,” he said.
During on-the-spot-assessment visit to BSUTH by the Newspaper, two women who sustained gunshots wounds on their laps including the mother of the deceased 3-month-old narrated their ordeal.
But the deceased baby’s mother, Sewuese Baaji, said they (including other sympathisers) had travelled on Monday evening from Makurdi to Umenger village for the burial of her husband’s relative.
The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria police, Benue State Command, DSP Catherine Anene who confirmed the incident.
She said arrest has been made, adding that normalcy has returned to the area.
“There were arrest and normalcy returned to the area”, according to her.