Two lives have been lost in the fracas between locals and herdsmen in Benue, middlebelt area of Nigeria amid the ban on open grazing.
Men of the Benue state Police Command have confirmed the killing of two persons in the state by suspected herdsmen since the commencement of the November 1 implementation of the Anti-Open Grazing law in the state.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Moses Yamu, disclosed this on Tuesday while speaking with newsmen in Makurdi.
Yamu said that one Ortse Kwaghdoo, was killed in Azdege village, in Logo local Government Area of the state, while another person, Apesuu Uhula, was killed in Isho Village in Guma Local Government Area.
The PPRO also listed out the suspected herdsmen who were arrested in Guma with their cattle to include Ibrahim Muhammadu, Abubakar Ahmadu, Ibrahim Fulani and Adamu Bature.
He also said that another Fulani, Gambo Mohammed, was earlier arrested and was in possession of a locally-made pistol.
According to him, the four suspected herdsmen were arrested in Guma for allegedly attempting to r*pe two women, Doosul Nambo and Ladi Mbame.
“The herdsmen had invaded the home of the ladies and were trying rape them when they raised alarm which attracted Uhula to the scene to rescue the women.
“On sighting Uhula, the herdsmen were said to have shot him dead while they continued with their assault on the women when the police, acting on a tip off, stormed the scene and effected their arrest.
“Aside from these two incidences in Logo and Guma, the state had continued to enjoy relative peace since the commencement of the implementation of the anti-open grazing law,” the PPRO said.
Yamu, however, urged Benue people to be law abiding and report any criminal issue to the police.
He also warned that anyone who takes law into his hands would face the wrath of the law.