The police in Benue State have confirmed the killing of three Fulani herdsmen and their cattle by some villagers in the Agatu area of the state.
Our correspondent learnt that the villagers on Sunday killed the herdsmen and their cattle for allegedly trespassing into some farmlands.
It was gathered that the police operatives had recovered the corpses of two of the herdsmen, while a search was still on for the third corpse.
It will be recalled that the herdsmen also on Sunday and Tuesday, in what has been described as reprisals, attacked some villages in the Logo Local Government Area of the state, killing 15 persons.
The police later noted that eight herdsmen were arrested for the killings.
The Benue State Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, confirmed the killing of the three herdsmen and their cattle to our correspondent, adding that the police were working to ensure peace and order among the warring farmers and herdsmen in the state.
Makama said, “In Agatu, the villagers killed three Fulani herdsmen on Sunday and also killed their cows. Two corpses have been found and we are still searching for the third corpse.
“This is part of the things that incite violence. Both the villagers and the herdsmen need to be taught that as the farmers value their farmlands, the herdsmen value their cows.
“If these incidents happen, it means the proactive actions by the police have not fully been implemented or something has gone wrong. Also, this is not the first time of such attacks.
“We are only referring to the most recent attacks. We have this bad situation in the past, but the magnitude is lower now because of some of the proactive steps taken by the police.”