Men Suspected to be Fulani herders early Thursday attacked the Mbanyiar community in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
A native of the community, Terka, who said the herdsmen went straight to the residence of the community head, Tyoor Chado, attacked the household and raped three women including the district head’s wife.
Confirming the incident, the traditional ruler, Tyoor Chado, said the suspected Fulani herdsmen numbering about eleven attacked his residence at about 2 A.M. and took away his wife and two of his in-laws.
According to the eye witness account, the herdsmen allegedly raped the women and destroyed crops stored in the barn.
The Mbayiar community ruler said his wife and his his in-laws were tortured and raped by the marauding herdsmen who also destroyed his farm.
“Since the incident happened, I have not seen my wife and the two other in-laws, but the Livestock Guards who have gone to the area told me they were tortured, raped but were not killed.
I have reported the matter to the police and sent vehicle to go and convey them back to Daudu where I am now taking refuge,” the traditional ruler said.
He further said the herdsmen used cassava, melon and yam from his barn to feed their animals.
When contacted by newsmen, the Police Public Relations Officer, Benue State Command, Catherine Anene, said she had not been briefed about the attack.