Incident Summary:

05/31/2020: Assailants attacked Itakpa, Obi, Benue, Nigeria. At least 13 people, including the ward chair of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were killed and at least 24 people were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of Fulani extremists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Obi district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Nigeria
Specific Description Chair-Elect
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Specific Description Ward Chair
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Nigeria
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
AK-47 assault rifles and machetes were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Fulani extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 13 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 13
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"PDP Chairman, 12 others killed in fresh herders attack in Benue," Vanguard, June 4, 2020.
"Police, locals differ on number of casualties in Benue attack," Sun News, June 3, 2020.
"Police, LG Chairman Disagree Over Death Toll In Benue Attack," Channels TV Nigeria, June 2, 2020.