Suspected Fulani herdsmen, on Wednesday, reportedly killed four persons among whom was a 3-month-old baby at Ulevkaa community in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
VANTAGE NEWS learnt that the herders opened fire on a commercial vehicle heading towards Gbajimba. There was a similar attack on the axis just two days ago that led to the death of eight persons including 3 aide workers.
An eyewitness told The Vanguard that the armed militia herdsmen had taken over the Uikpam-Umenger -Gbajimba road waiting for unsuspecting victims.
He said, “They saw a commercial Toyota Picnic vehicle heading towards Gbajimba, they pretended to be passengers and waved at the car. When the driver became suspicious of them he increased his speed and made effort to flee.
“But the others who hid in front saw that the driver was making effort to run away with his passengers from the trap, they opened fire on the vehicle.
“A bullet hit the three-month-old baby on the chest and scattered his ribs. One of the bullets also hit the mother on the lap.
“The driver managed to escape with the passengers, unfortunately the baby died on the way before reaching the hospital in Daudu but the mother survived.
“Angered by the failed operation, the armed herders waited for other victims. One of them was identified as one Terver and his wife, who they seized and slaughtered and their remains dumped by the roadside.
“Also, a firewood seller identified as Solomon Kumaiin, who was on a motorbike was also shot and killed by the armed herders.”