At least, 42 people have been reportedly killed by gunmen within two days in rural communities of Katsina-Ala and Gwer West local government areas of Benue State.
Several passengers were also said to have been taken away by the gunmen who blocked the Makurdi – Naka road in Gwer West.
Villagers said 36 out of the 42 victims were killed in Kastina-Ala while the remaining six were murdered in Gwer West following an attack carried out by gunmen in the areas between Thursday and Friday morning.
A resident in Kastina-Ala told our correspondent by telephone that the killings of the 36 people in the early hours of Thursday took place in Shitile, Shikaan and Mbagena Kpav areas of the local government area.
The resident, who declined to have his name on print, said he does not know whether the killings were perpetrated by the local bandits or armed herders.