Herdsmen matcheted those already shot, killed seven in overnight raid –Avese, Benue man whose son was killed


David Avese, a father of seven children, lost one of them to an attack by Fulani herdsmen in Abegana village of Benue State in the early hours of Tuesday. In this interview with JOHN CHARLES, the disraught father narrates the ordeal of the villagers during and after the unprovoked attack

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How did the attack happen?

My name is David Avese from Abegana village where Fulani herdsmen unleashed terror on Tuesday.

The attack happened around midnight, shortly after I retired to my house; it was not long when I entered my house that we started hearing gunshots from every angle of the village. Before then, my wife and children had gone to bed. But it was the sound of gunshots that woke us up, making everyone run for their lives.

Was there any problem between the attackers and the villagers?

If I can remember very well, we had no problem with anyone at all, not even the Fulani herdsmen. They just invaded the village in the middle of the night, surrounded our village and were shooting indiscriminately; this made everyone run out for safety.

How did you know that the attackers were Fulani?

They were speaking the Fulfulde language as they were attacking us; as they were shooting everywhere, they were talking to themselves; what they did was as people were running on hearing the gunshots, they were pursuing us and dealing machete blows on those they could catch up with and in some cases, when the bullets hit the person, they still went ahead and use machete to see that the person was dead, although some people escaped with gunshot injuries. Seven people were killed during the raid.

Is this your little child that sustained injury in the attack?

Three of my children were injured; one of them is over there at the intensive care unit of the hospital; another died during the attack as he was shot in the chest and the bullet came out from his back. One is inside this ward (emergency ward); then, this little one had bruises on his body as you can see.

How many children do you have?

I have seven children, but two are not leaving with me; so, we were seven in the house when the Fulani herdsmen came to attack us.

How old is this little child?

 He is five years old; his name is Joshua.

Are you one of the refugees in the IDP camp?

No, I live in the village close to the Abegana camp; the Fulani people came to the village and not actually the IDP camp, but you know that the camp is situated directly opposite of the village.

 But what we heard was that the attack was on the IDP camp?

Not at all, it was the village that the attackers surrounded and attacked; the people were there for almost two hours attacking us, but I was told that the Fulani herdsmen also went to the camp to attack them, shooting all over the place and I heard that one refugee in the camp was hit by a bullet, but I cannot say if that is true or not. But it is the village that the herdsmen first attacked before they moved to the camp.

Where is your wife?

I have not seen her, you know when they were shooting and attacking, everybody ran out and to different places, but someone told me that he saw her, but I have not seen her myself.

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