For several weeks now, Fulani herdsmen have carried out consistent attacks on communities in Benue State of Nigeria leaving scores of persons dead, which has elicited several reactions from sadness to indifference among Nigerians on Twitter.
According to a Channels TV report, survivors and victims of herdsmen attacks in Logo and Ukum council areas in Benue State have been recounting how 81 persons were killed in the last two weeks.
The Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, in his reaction to the consistent attacks, lamented the inability of the security agencies to arrest the perpetrators of the coordinated attacks.
In his reaction, the spokesman of the Benue State Police Command, ASP Moses Yamu, dismissed allegations of neglect of duty by security personnel, arguing that only 22 deaths were recorded in Logo and Ukum local government areas.
Here are some of the reactions from Twitter about the #BenueMassacre:
"Only 22 people were killed." – CP for #Benue, ASP Moses Yamu
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Life, has no value here.
— Chxta (@Chxta) July 11, 2016
What are the names of those who died in Benue state today? What were their dreams? Hopes for the future?
— J (@je_mc2) July 10, 2016
One black man killed in US, 9ja twitter turns to Americans.
81 people killed in Benue, Nigerians won't even talk.
We deserve this govt.
— Akinsola (@SRdollar) July 10, 2016
Dear Twitter Warriors….Some things GEJ was accused of are repeating themselves under Buhari’s watch…#BenueMassacre
— Kelechi Nkoro (@K1Says) July 11, 2016
With the 80 killed in #BenueMassacre, it brings Fulani herdsmen related deaths to 1691 in 2016 alone. More than Boko Haram & Al Shabaab
— Idah Bafokeng (@africainmotion) July 11, 2016
#Benuemassacre isn't just about Benue, it's about communities that have witnessed the wrath of the Fulani Herdsmen
— Olabode A.O (@omolere) July 11, 2016
Nigeria has a habit of moving on as though nothing happened… 1966 coup, Biafra war, June 12, Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen #BenueMassacre
— Ikechi Ugwoeje (@IkechiUgwoeje) July 11, 2016