Gunmen kill 18 in Benue, Nasarawa communities

 Gunmen kill 18 in Benue, Nasarawa communities

On Tuesday, about 13 persons were reportedly killed when gunmen attacked some communities in Guma council area in Benue.

The assailants also  attacked Torkula community, it was said.

Caleb Abs, chairman of Guma council said about 13 people were killed in both attacks.

“It is true that there was an attack yesterday. There was a burial in Torkula and people coming back from the burial came under attack and about five people were killed,” he said.

“About 10pm yesterday, there was another attack at Branch Ude where about eight people were killed.

Two people were injured according to the information I received, and they are now receiving treatment in the hospital.”

In Nasarawa, police confirmed that five Tiv farmers were killed by suspected herdsmen.

The attack took place at Gidan Sule village in Keana Local Goverment Areas of the state in the early hours of yesterday.

The killings were confirmed in a press statement issued to journalists in Lafia by the Nasarawa State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Ramhan Nansel.

According to the Nasarawa State Command’s PPRO, “on 21/7/2021 at about 2300hrs, information was received that unknown gun men, while shooting sporadically, attacked a particular Compound at Gidan Sule Village along Lafia- Makurdi road.

“Upon receipt of the information, a detachment of Police Personnel comprising of Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Vigilante and Hunters, with support from the Military were immediately deployed to the area where the attackers were repelled.

Ayomide Oyewole

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