Gunmen on Tuesday invaded Kadarko in the Kiza development area of Nasarawa State, killing six people including an old woman.
It was gathered that most of the houses in the Tiv community had been burnt down by suspected militia.
One of the survivors of the Tuesday attack, Mr. Raymond Emberga, said the gunmen came into the community shooting into the air.
He added that the gunshots made a dog in the area to start barking, causing the attackers to shoot at the dog which escaped narrowly.
“If not for the dog there would have been a lot of casualties because the barking attracted attention and some people managed to escape,” he added.
The state Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, who visited the scene of the incident, assured the Tiv community in Kadarko of safety, saying more military personnel and policemen would be deployed in the area.
He said, “I have been in touch with the Benue State Governor, Mr. Samuel Ortom, to ensure that we provide adequate security for the IDP camp. Adequate relief materials and healthcare services have already been provided.’’
The governor urged the residents not to go to their farms, but to remain in the IDP camp until security operatives bring security situation in the area under control.
He said, “Please don’t go to your farms yet. Don’t go to isolated areas. We don’t want any life to be lost.
“I am here on behalf of myself, government and the people of Nasarawa State to share in your griefs.
“It is a pity that this thing has happened. Nobody is happy about it. I am disturbed because this is coming barely 48 hours after the same kind of action took place not far from here during which people were abducted.”