Two armed herdsmen were killed on Friday night in a gun battle with the Nigerian Army joint military spike operation code- named Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, after the herdsmen stormed Tse Chembe village in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.
This was made known by the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, who said the Federal Government should announce the herdsmen as terrorist group.
It was understood that the armed herdsmen were part of the group that invaded the community on Friday night killing two residents and injuring others.
A source in the area said the herdsmen attacked the village at about 6:45pm, shooting in all directions and killing and injuring many of the villagers.
According to the source, he said the quick intervention of the Nigerian saved the community from seeing heavy casualty because when the military were alerted, they immediately move into the village and when they saw the army approaching, they all fled.
But the military chased after the herdsmen into a nearby bush where one of their members was shot dead. The military continued to look for the other armed gangs until the early hours of the morning in Saturday when they found their camp in the neighbouring community of Arufu in Taraba State.
The source said the exchange in gunfire resulted in the killing of another herdsman at the Arufu from whom the military recovered an AK47 and 10 rounds of ammunition. He also the military put down the camp of the herdsmen.
However, the Governor of Benue State, has advised the Federal Government to announce armed Fulani herdsmen as terrorist, as they have killed innocent people in communities in Bunue State.
Benue State has a law which bans open cattle grazing, the Governor said it is only people like the Fulani herdsmen that will disobey the law that has been put in place as regards grazing.
The Governor has assured the people of Benue State that his government will not relinquish the state to criminals.