Herdsmen Kill 2 Teachers, 4 Others In Benue

No fewer than six persons have been killed by herdsmen at Ikpayongo, Gwer Local Government Area of Benue State.


Two of the six persons were teachers of the Makurdi Local Government Education Authority. They were attacked while on their way to assess farmland for rice cultivation by their cooperative society on Wednesday.


According to a source, the herdsmen shot them to death and fled the scene. “The farmers and teachers were 10 in number but four of them escaped from the attack,” the source said.


It was gathered that the remains of the deceased were found on Thursday with the assistance of some security operatives.


The dead bodies were identified as Mr Christian Anankpa, a PhD student of ABU, Zaria, who was the Basic Science teacher, St. Mary’s UBE Junior Secondary School, North Bank, Makurdi and Mr Stephen Tavaku, headteacher at St. Mary’s Primary School, North Bank, Makurdi.


Emerald Anyaogu, a close associate of Tavaku, while confirming the incident to journalists, said, “I never knew that my meeting with Mr Tavaku in his office that day was going to be the last. I went to see him with some journalists about an issue in the school. He looked so excited that day and attended to them well. He was such a nice man.”

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