Benue state Samuel Ortom is now mourning the death of his family members who were killed by suspected armed herdsmen.
The armed men were said to have stormed the Guma Local Government area of Benue state, where they carried out a deadly attack and killed their victims.
Reports say the three, including two males and a female, were killed Saturday evening at about 5 pm when the gunmen laid an ambush and blocked the Lordye- Gbajimba road in Guma Local Government Area of the state.
“The victims were riding on a motorcycle when they were ambushed and shot dead by the killer herdsmen who have taken over parts of the local government bordering Nasarawa State”, an eyewitness said.
Security agencies, who recovered the bodies, said those shot died on the spot from gunshot wounds while the other was brutally macheted to death.
Soldiers attached to Operation Whirl Stroke recovered the bodies and deposited the corpses at Gbajimba general hospital.
In a statement, Nathaniel Ikyur, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ortom, said, “this has been the plight of Benue indigenes in the hands of Fulani herdsmen who have invaded the state in a bid to take over our ancestral lands”.