The yam market in Zaki Ibiam town, Ukum Local Government of Benue state was attacked yesterday by unknown gunmen, leaving 31 residents dead.
Reports say that most of the people killed were traders and businessmen.
According to an eyewitness account, the attack started around 2p.m., adding that “the gunmen stormed the yam market on about 12 Bajaj motorcycles and four Toyota Corolla cars and started shooting at anyone in sight.”
Several cars and a fuel station were also razed as pandemonium engulfed the area.
The state commissioner of police, Bashir Makama, when contacted said that they were aware of the situation but still haven’t ascertained the number of causalities.
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom, as the killings were going on, was giving a run down of the security situation in state and measures taken by his government to bring an end to the invasion and attacks by herdsmen on innocent people of the state.
Makama also urged the youths to remain patient and not resort to violence, as they would not relent on their duties.