Nine persons were feared dead, and many others wounded after unknown gunmen attacked Tse-Ujoh community, in Ikyurav Tiev, Katsina Ala local government area of Benue State.
The attack, which saw several houses razed to the ground was the doing of gunmen alleged to be gang members of the wanted notorious criminal, Terwase Akwaza, popularly known as Gana. They were said to have stormed the area around 8 am in the morning while the victims were in their farms.
It was gathered that the notorious criminal had a misunderstanding with a man popularly known as ‘Coach,’ whom the locals alleged was his rival.
One of the locals who spoke on condition of anonymity said two persons were abducted by the attackers while three others were missing.
Confirming the incidence, Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, Benue State Command, Moses Yamu, said eight of the nine corpses were recovered on the spot while one died on the way to the hospital. He said policemen have already been dispatched to the area.
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom, has urged communities in Sankera area of the state to assist the security operatives with useful information to end the attacks on innocent people by armed militia.
The governor described as unacceptable, the latest attack on Tse-Ujoh in Ikyurav-Tiev of Katsina-Ala local government area, which left nine persons dead in the early hours of Friday.
He said troops have been deployed to the affected area to bring the situation under control and assured the people of Katsina-Ala that steps are been taken to prevent further attacks in the area.
According to the governor, three persons have been arrested in connection with the attack.
The governor has since reassured the people of the of his administration’s stand of not allowing armed militia to continue to terrorise communities. He also enjoined anyone with information that can lead to the apprehension of the gang members to contact the police, department of state service or the military.
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