JUST IN: Several Residents ‘Killed’ as Gunmen Attack Benue Community, Details Emerge

JUST IN: Several Residents ‘Killed’ as Gunmen Attack Benue Community, Details Emerge

  • Gunmen have reportedly killed no fewer than four individuals in Yaav council ward, Kwande LGA of Benue state
  • Legit.ng reports that the tragic incident occurred when the locals were going to settle down at their respective homes
  • A resident of the neighbourhood explained that the gunmen's attack was sudden as they started shooting people indiscriminately

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering public journalism.

Kwande, Benue state - Gunmen have reportedly killed four people in Mbagbe and Mbachon communities in Turan, Yaav council ward, Kwande local government area (LGA) Benue state.

The incident was said to have happened at about 5 pm on Friday, May 10, when people were about to settle down to their various compounds.

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Benue: Unknown gunmen kill 4
Unknown gunmen reportedly murder four people in Benue community. Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force
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According to Lawrence Akerigba, a member of one of the communities, the assailants stormed their areas and opened fire on people. When the dust settled, four persons were reportedly confirmed killed.

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Akerigba told The Nation in a report published on Sunday, May 12, that a corpse was evacuated for burial while three were missing and another person was taken away.

Catherine Anene, the spokesperson of the Benue police command, stated that they are yet to get the report of the killings.

Legit.ng reports that violence has increased in the northcentral region in recent years as population growth leads to an expansion of the area dedicated to farming, leaving less land available for open grazing by nomads’ cattle herds.

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Many attacks in remote parts of Nigeria go unreported as thinly stretched security forces often respond late to distress calls by communities.

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Benue: Gunmen attack secondary school

Legit.ng earlier reported that some unknown gunmen attacked Father Angus Frazer Memorial High School in Adeke community, Benue state.

The attackers seriously wounded a security man on duty.

The director of social communications for the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, Very Rev. Fr. Moses Iorapuu, confirmed the attack.

Source: Legit.ng

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.