BREAKING: Gunmen Reportedly Attack IDP Camp in Benue, Kill 6

BREAKING: Gunmen Reportedly Attack IDP Camp in Benue, Kill 6

- An attack on the IDP camp in Abagena, Benue state, has led to the loss of six lives

- Many people were also said to be injured in the attack which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, April 27

- Afraid for their lives, the displaced people were said to be fleeing the camp in droves

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Unknown gunmen on Tuesday, April 27, invaded a camp for internally displaced people in Abagena, along Makurdi-Lafia highway in Benue state, and killed six people.

Daily Trust reports that the attack also left many people injured, adding that residents of the camp for the displaced people have fled in droves. gathers vehicles coming and going out of Makurdi have been unable to proceed on account of bonfires on the road.

Gunmen Reportedly Attack IDP Camp in Benue, Kill 6
Displaced people gather at the cooking facility at an Internally displaced people (IDPs) camp in Lokoja, Kogi State, on September 19, 2018. Photo credit: SODIQ ADELAKUN/AFP
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The Nation in its account of the incident had said the attack happened in the late hours of Monday, April 26, adding that 10 people were killed.

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The newspaper also stated that suspected herdsmen were responsible for the attack, noting Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has appealed to the displaced people to leave the highway.

Also reporting the incident, Daily Nigerian cited Governor Ortom as saying that the camp was attacked by suspected herdsmen, adding that the attack led to the death of seven people.

Meanwhile, commenting on Nigeria's security challenges, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said President Muhammadu Buhari is dealing with a very difficult situation.

Gbajabiamila made the disclosure on Monday, April 26, after a closed-door meeting with the Nigerian leader at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The speaker explained that he met with the president to have discussions on the worsening security challenges in the country.

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In another report, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said those behind Nigeria's insecurity will soon be dealt with.

According to the party, President Buhari is committed to bringing criminals to book. The party said on no condition will it play politics with human lives.

The APC disclosed this in a statement signed by its national secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, in Abuja, on Monday, April 26.


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