Tension As Gunmen Attack Benue Community, Kill Soldiers, Villagers, Details Emerge

Tension As Gunmen Attack Benue Community, Kill Soldiers, Villagers, Details Emerge

  • Some villagers including soldiers have been killed by gunmen in Agatu, Benue state
  • Two soldiers and two villagers died when the military and the gunmen engaged in a fierce gun battle in the area, locals revealed
  • The security situation in Agatu LGA in Benue state has escalated following this renewed attack by gunmen

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Unknown gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have done the unthinkable in Benue state, Makrudi, the state capital.

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Herdsmen attack the Benue community and kill soldiers including villagers. Photo credit: HQ Nigerian Army
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How the four persons were killed by gunmen

No fewer than four people, including two soldiers, were killed in an attack on the Okokolo community of Agatu local government area of Benue state.

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Locals in an interview with Daily Trust in Makurdi, that the military men were responding to threats of attacks on several Agatu communities on Thursday, January 18 when the invaders ambushed them and gunned down two soldiers, leaving one of them seriously injured.

The communities attacked include; Abugbe, Okokolo, Ugboju, Odugbeho and Olegobidu.

Speaking on behalf of the Agatu people at the state’s House of Assembly, Godwin Abuh Edoh, confirmed that two people were killed in the attack and several others injured, Vanguard report added.

He, however, declined comment about the soldiers, emphasising that, “We don’t write death of soldiers for the military.”

Meanwhile, the military, headed by the Army 401 Brigade Public Relations Officer, Captain Grutus and his counterpart of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), Flight Lieutenant, Oquoh, had yet to respond to the incident.

How the soldiers were killed

Also in an interview, the immediate past commissioner of information, culture and tourism, Mike Inalegwu added that two soldiers were killed and one missing, Nigerian Tribune reported.

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Inalegwu said:

“Herdsmen came with their militia and fired guns at Okokolo, Ugboju and Akpa, making people to run away from their villages. So the soldiers were on patrol when they were ambushed by the armed herdsmen.
“The soldiers were stationed at Akpu, my village in front of my house for the past eight years. When they heard of gunshots they decided to go and find out where the gun came from but while they were patrolling, the herdsmen ambushed them.
“They shot their commander, and two others were killed. One of the soldiers is missing because when they dialed his number it was the voice of herdsman they heard from the other side."

Wike dares kidnappers after meeting with Tinubu

Legit.ng earlier reported that FCT minister Nyesom Wike has vowed that his administration will make it unbearable for bandits to operate in the FCT.

Wike said that President Tinubu has directed him and all service chiefs to explore all necessary means to bring an end to the kidnappings and killings of residents by bandits in Bwari and other areas in the FCT.

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The FCT minister made this assertion during a town hall meeting with the Bwari area council chairman, royal fathers and residents of Bwari in Bwari area council, on Wednesday, January 17.

Bandits return to Kaduna-Abuja Expressway

Legit.ng also reported that 85 people were abducted by 'bandits' in several Kaduna communities.

The attacks occurred between Thursday, January 4, and Sunday, January 7, 2024. About 55 people were seized by some bandits in Dudumishini, Badoko, and Kwakware villages, all in Katari. Not less than 33 travellers were also kidnapped on the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway at Dogon Fili near Katari.

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.