BREAKING: Tension as 15 Die in Fresh Attack in Benue

BREAKING: Tension as 15 Die in Fresh Attack in Benue

  • A Benue community, Ugboju, in the Agatu LGA of the state, came under fresh attack on Wednesday afternoon
  • According to locals in the community, about 15 bodies have been recovered in less than 24 hours after the attack
  • The police spokesperson in the state, Catherine Anene, said she was yet to be informed about the incident from the DPO in Agatu

Bada Yusuf is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over seven years of experience in journalism and writing.

Makurdi, Benue - Ugboju, a Benue community, came under fresh attack on Wednesday night, January 31, with about 15 bodies recovered hours after the invasion by gunmen.

Residents of the community, located in the Agatu local government area of the state, said many people are still missing and that the assailants have continued to attack the areas for the past two weeks.

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Daily Trust reported that a villager in a telephone chat disclosed that the bodies were recovered in the early hours of Thursday, February 1.

The villager added that the situation had made the people of the community helpless.

The villager stated many bodies had also been discovered since the search team started combing the forest for missing persons.

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Prince Inalegwu Adagole Simon, an aboriginal of the affected village, told journalists in Makurdi that the assailants besieged the community at about 3 pm on Wednesday.

Simon's statement reads:

“It was around 3 pm yesterday (Wednesday) that those attackers came to my village and killed 15 persons. Some persons have been displaced from their homes. Before now, we had no issue with them (attackers).”

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When contacted, Catherine Anene, the Benue state police spokesperson, told journalists she had yet to be informed about the attack by the divisional police officer (DPO) in Agatu.

The development comes amid outcry over killing in Plateau state. The Nigerian government earlier vowed to restore peace in the country.

Retired nurse, maid killed in Benue

Legit.ng earlier reported that the police in Benue state also confirmed the death of a 65-year-old widow and retired nurse, Esther Amali, and her maid, Mercy.

The pair were said to have been killed by an attacker who invaded their apartment in Makurdi, the state capital, at night.

The police said investigation had commenced into the incident and assured that the perpetrators would be fished out.

Source: Legit.ng

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Bada Yusuf (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Yusuf Amoo Bada is an accomplished politics and current affairs editor, boasting over 7 years of experience in journalism and writing. He is a graduate of OAU, and holds Diploma in Mass Comm. and BA in Literature in English. He has obtained certificates in Leadership and received the "Certificate for Breakthrough of the Year 2022" in recognition of his great performance during his first year at Legit.ng. Worked as Editor with OperaNews. Contact: bada.yusuf.amoo@corp.legit.ng or call 08161717844

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