At least 25 people were killed in attacks on several villages in three local government areas of Benue State on Tuesday.
Villages in the three local government areas of Guma, Logo and Tarka came under severe gunfire between 8p.m on Monday night and 3a.m on Tuesday in what appeared to be a coordinated siege by invaders.
It was learnt that 15 corpses were recovered from the Tyotugh community in Tarka LGA while nine were recovered from Guma and one, a traditional ruler, from Logo.
Villagers said the figures could be higher as the search for missing persons was still ongoing at the time of this report.
Chairman of Guma LGA, Caleb Aba, confirmed that seven people were killed in one swoop at Tse-Sumaka village near branch Umenger in Mbadwem council ward of Guma.
The Special Adviser on Security to the Benue State governor, Lt Col. Paul Hemba (rtd), said that the total figures of death recorded so far could be higher than 25 as efforts are ongoing to trace missing persons.
“Those incidents actually happened in Guma, Logo and Tarka. Nine corpses were recovered from Guma.
In Tarka, where I am just coming from with the commissioner of police and commander of 72 the Battalion, so far 15 corpses have been recovered but it is strongly suspected that more will be recovered in the bushes so we are arranging a patrol to comb the bushes because some other persons have not been seen and it is also believed that some attackers left with some other persons alive.