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Fulani Herdsmen Kill Six Teachers in Benue

Valentine Chinyem

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Suspected Fulani herdsmen have killed six persons, said to be teachers from Makurdi Local Government Education Authority (LGEA).

The teachers whose bodies were found around Ikpayongo, Gwer Local Government Area of Benue State.

According to reports, the teachers were ambushed by suspected fulani herdsmen, who opened fire on them,on a farmland they had gone to inspect some for rice cultivation under the umbrella of a cooperative society, last Wednesday.

Although four of the teachers were able to escape but not without losing six of their colleagues, who were not so lucky. The herdsmen didn’t just kill them, but had their bodies dismembered.
However, through the help of security operatives, the mangle remains of the deceased victims was recovered on Thursday.
Sources from the area gave the names of some of the deceased victims as Mr. Stephen Tavaku, the Head Teacher of St. Mary’s Primary School, North Bank, Makurdi and Mr Christian Anankpa, a PhD student of ABU, Zaria, who was the Basic Science Teacher at St. Mary’s UBE Junior Secondary School, North Bank, Makurdi.

Hon. Emerald Anyaogu, a cose associate to Tavaku, said he was with him just before he embarked on the tragic journey.

“I never knew that my meeting with 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 very well. He was such a nice man. Oh death!”