Four people have been killed while seven are badly injured, after herdsmen attacked Tse-Angbande village in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State.
The attack on the village took place on Friday night.
Governor Samuel Ortom on an assessment visit on Saturday morning said, the armed herdsmen in their usual guerrila pattern struck by 11pm when the people were asleep, killing Timothy Emberga Akwa, Innocent Akwa, Terhemba Emberga Akwa and an in-law identified as Orban.
The Governor while condemning the barbaric act recalled that a few weeks ago, the herders came without cattle and killed a husband and wife at Tse-Tyohemba, in the same axis of Makurdi, saying that security agents trailed and apprehended three of the assailants.
He assured the people that security has been beefed up to ensure 24 hours vigilance in the affected area to prevent a reoccurence of the ugly development, urging people in the affected communities to cooperate with security operatives.
While addressing the people of Adaka community, governor Ortom insisted that the enforcement of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law of the state must continue no matter the opposition by armed herders.