By Suoyo Ekubo
There was pandemonium in Udei community, Guma Local Government Area of Benue State on Sunday following the death two farmers who were gunned down by Suspected armed herdsmen.
It was gathered that the victims were shot Sunday evening while on the farm harvesting locust beans from a tree.
A member of the community, who identified himself as Jona said the two men had visited their farm by River Kereke to harvest the locust beans to prepare a local spice called ‘Nune’ in Tiv to be sold on the next market day when they met their untimely death.
The source told Vanguard the men were on top of the tree plucking the beans, the armed herdsmen surrounded the tree and opened fire on them.
He said: “They killed the two people Sunday evening. The men went to River Kereke to pluck locust beans for the preparation of ‘Nune’ which they wanted to sell on the next market day. The herdsmen came, surrounded the tree, shot and killed them like animals.
“The two of them fell and died on the spot. Their remains were recovered and buried by the youths of the community. The incident has created fear in the community. People are fleeing to neighbouring communities but no one is even sure of the safety and security of any of the communities.”