Gunmen on Wednesday murdered a traditional ruler, Chief Hyacinth Ajon and three other people in separate incidents in two Local Government Area of Benue State.
The deceased monarch was said to have been killed alongside one, Benjamin Anakula in the Tse Zoola community of Makurdi LGA while two others whose names were not given were also killed in the Guma area of the state.
Eldest man in the community, Aho Zoola, alleged that gunmen suspected to be herders attacked the villagers at about 2:00 am, shot sporadically and killed the two people.
Zoola according to the report of one of Governor Samuel Ortom’s media aide, narrated that the attack on their rural abode came to them as a surprise because they never had any issues with herders.
The media aide, Jimin Geoffrey, had stated that the governor was returning from a burial in the area when he had a stop over to sympathise with the villagers who are already displaced from their homes and assured them that he would do everything possible to get security agencies to the area.
Similarly, the Chairman of Guma LGA, Caleb Aba, told newsmen in Makurdi by telephone that the two other people were killed on Wednesday in Mbayer-Yandev council ward of Guma.
Aba however alleged that the killings were carried out by suspected herders.