The spate of wanton insecurity in Nigeria is worrisome, unpredictable and shows no sign of abating anytime soon. A while ago, plausibly 50 kamikaze armed men were said to have attacked the Enugu State Government House. The latest is the Governor of Benue State, Mr. Gabriel Suswam who was said to have escaped death by the whiskers on Tuesday 11/03/2014 when armed men purported to be Fulani herdsmen opened fire on his convoy in North-Central Benue state in Nigeria.
The Fulani herdsmen were said to be grazing on some farms around Umenger village as well as burning houses. On sighting the Governor's convoy, they opened fire and the Governors escort responded.
The Governor was traveling with the House of Assembly Speaker, Barr. Terhile Ayua, and the Commissioner of Police, Adams Audu visiting villages recently raided by the Fulani herdsmen.
The Governor visited the Ukpam village of Mbabaai in Guma Local Government before the shoot out where there were reports of yet another attack on the residents.
28 people allegedly died from an early morning raid; the Governor was visibly upset on being shown four corpses.
A Ukpam resident, Iorhen Mbaiorga, said the women and children left the village before the raid, leaving just the men.
"We would have confronted them but we were empty handed, while the people have very sophisticated guns…”
He added sobbing, "We are being attacked, our foodstuffs including yam barn and farms burned and destroyed without anyone coming to our aide. Some of our people were killed and taken away while some captured and taken alive."