For the first time in the history of Nigeria, substances suspected to be chemical weapon is suspected to have been used the ongoing war waged by Fulani herdsmen on the good people of Benue states.
The marauders attacked Shengev community in Gwer West Local Council leaving 15 people dead without any visible wounds, gunshots or otherwise as in the past but were foaming in the mouth, leading to fears that they obviously have been attacked with chemical weapons.
The inhabitants of Shengev community explained that one of the victims was found dead outside his house but after critically observing his body, no cut or wound was seen on him.
The chairman of the local council, Mrs. Eunice Abajwa, confirmed yesterday that part of her domain was attacked in the invasion and 10 bodies had been recovered without wounds and had taken them to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi for autopsy to determine what exactly caused their death.
One of the inhabitants of Shengev community said that one of the victims, his elder brother, was found dead outside his house but after critically observing his body, no cut or wound was seen on him.
Benue state has been in the news recently over incessant attacks by Fulani herdsmen. Just 2 days ago, Makurdi, capital of Benue State came under fire when some Fulani Herdsmen launched attack on unsuspecting residents at about 4 a.m. killing over 60 persons.
Eyewitnesses said that they came in around 4am when the people were enjoying the last lap of their night slumber, hence unprepared for the attack. The barrage of gunfire jolted everyone from their sleep with wailing women and children scampering for safety amidst the commotion.
About two weeks ago, five people died in a similar manner in Guma Local Government Area of the State. The Commissioner for Information, Justin Amase, on Friday told journalists that the victims died after inhaling a chemical substance.
“We suspect that some chemicals were used on the victims. Their bodies were then set on fire to destroy any evidence,” he reportedly said.