Gunmen kill 12 villagers in Nasarawa


Suspected gunmen have attacked two villages in Udeni Ruwa District, in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, killing 12 people. Five of the victims drowned while trying to escape .
A witness, John Ogah, claimed that the attackers were herdsmen who invaded Okpaya, a riverine village.
Mr. Ogah said the attackers attacked part of Udeni Ruwa, and killed eight persons, five from Okpaya and three others from Udeni Ruwa.
According to him, a family of five drowned in the River Benue.
“My brother, it is unfortunate, Fulani people attacked Okpaya, killed five of our people, burnt down the entire village on their way and attacked some persons in Udeni.
“They killed three people and all of us from Okpaya ran to neighbouring villages. The most annoying part is that a family man, lost his wife and three children while they were on their way to Loko through a boat.”
Nasarawa State Police command is yet to confirm the incident, but residents of the area say police stationed in Udeni Ruwa had visited the scene.
Mr. Ogah explained that the attackers invaded Okpaya village at night, at about 11pm Sunday night. He said the entire village was razed by the attackers.
Udeni Ruwa district is on the boundary between Nasarawa and Benue states.