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Gunmen kill Two Soldiers, Others In Benue



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Four people, including two soldiers have been reportedly killed by gunmen who invaded some communities in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State on Friday.

The armed men were said to have attacked some communities in the local government leading to the death of two people.

Some of the villages attacked include Abugbe, Okokolo, Ugboju, Odugbeho and Olegobidu

Two of the soldiers stationed at the council area on peacekeeping were said to have been shot dead when the armed men ambushed them while on patrol of the areas.

Some natives told our correspondent that the attack had started for a few days until it became worse when the armed men moved to Okokolo and attacked the people.

Confirming the attacks on Agatu communities, the lawmaker representing the Agatu state constituency in the state House of Assembly, Godwin Edo said two villagers were killed.

Edo said, “Yes, the attack was from herdsmen, It happened yesterday, (Thursday).

“We had casualties, some were injured and we lost some lives. What happened was there were threats of attacks on some villages, Ocholonya and Ugboju K’ Ugbe for the past six days.

“So those people deserted their place and relocated to Okokolo. So it is in Okokolo that herdsmen came to attack them yesterday, (Thursday). Those are the displaced villages for now.

“We lost about two people so far. A lot of people were injured and we are still monitoring their medication.”

In a separate telephone chat, the immediate past Commissioner for Information Culture and Tourism, Mike Inalegwu, said two soldiers were killed and one missing.

Inalegwu said, “Herdsmen came with their militia and fired guns at Okokolo, Ugboju and Akpa making people 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 gunshots came from but while they were patrolling, the herdsmen ambushed them.

“They shot their commander, and two others killed. One of the soldiers is missing.”

Efforts to get the state Police Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, were not successful as her phone rang out.

Meanwhile, Joseph Har, the Special Adviser to the state governors, Hyacinth Alia On Security and Internal Affairs, confirmed the attack but said he had no details.

Har said, “It’s true, there was an attack on Agatu communities yesterday, (Thursday) but I don’t have details for now. However, the deputy governor and security chiefs in the state have gone there for the spot assessment.”

In the previous year, the state witnessed several attacks on several communities.

The state Commissioner for Information, Inelagwu, in 2023 said over 5,000 people were killed in the state within seven years.

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