- Hired mercenaries are said to planning an attack on five communities within the next few days
- Benson Abounu, acting governor of Benue state said security reports made available to him had indicated that large numbers of armed mercenaries had occupied the Benue Valley
- He said the mercenaries had already identified and occupied five different locations and communities along the riverine areas of the state
An alarm of impeding attack within the next few days on five communities has been raised by the Benue state government. The gunmen are suspected to be hired mercenary.
Acting governor of Benue state, Benson Abounu, raised the alarm on Wednesday, April 18 after the State Executive Council Meeting held at Government House Makurdi.
Tribune quoted the deputy governor as saying that security reports made available to him had indicated that large numbers of armed mercenaries had occupied the Benue Valley and were planning to launch simultaneous attacks on five major Benue communities.
“We have received security reports which indicated that large number of hired armed mercenary have moved into the Benue Valley and mapped out different locations to launch possible attacks on five major communities in the state, simultaneously.
‘‘The reports further showed that the hired mercenary would be carrying out their nefarious attacks on the communities occupied by people around the riverine areas.
‘‘This development is absolutely worrisome and unhealthy to our state, and we condemn it in totality. Since we got this report, we have not rested in our oars. I have been meeting with all the heads of security formations in the state, for us to find ways of stopping these people,” he said.
Consequently, Abounu called on the federal government to urgently deploy more security personnel, particularly in and around border communities.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that troops of 72 Special Forces Battalion on Monday, April 16, on Operation MESA at Yogbo in Guma local government area of Benue state encountered about 20 militia herdsmen at Teguma village while on patrol.
According to a statement sent to Legit.ng by the director army public relations, Brigadier-General Texas Chukwu, four of the militia herdsmen were neutralized during the encounter while others fled following superior gun power.
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