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BREAKING: 9 killed, houses set ablaze as gunmen attack Benue

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BREAKING: 9 killed, houses set ablaze as gunmen attack Benue

At least nine persons have been reported killed with scores of others wounded and several houses set ablaze when unidentified gunmen attacked Tse-Ujoh, in Ikyurav Tiev area Katsina Ala local government area of Benue state.

Local inhabitants told newsmen that the gunmen who were believed to be gang members of a wanted notorious criminal Terwase Akwaza, alias ‘Gana’, were said to have invaded the area at about 8 am in the morning while the victims were busy in their farms.

New Telegraph gathered that the said notorious criminal had squabbles with a man who is popularly known as ‘Coach’ whom the locals alleged was his rival.

A source from the area who spoke to Saturday Telegraph but pleaded to remain anonymous hinted that two persons were abducted by the attackers while three others were still missing.

When contacted, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer PPRO), ASP Moses Yamu, confirmed the attack, saying nine persons were killed.

He said eight corpses were discovered on the sport while one other, died on the way to the hospital.

He said policemen have already been dispatched to the area.

Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, has urged communities in Sankera area of the state to assist security operatives with useful information to end the attacks on innocent people by armed militia.

The Governor who described as unacceptable the gruesome attack, said troops have been deployed to the affected area to bring the situation under control and assured the people of Katsina-Ala that steps have 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 also reassured the people of the state that his administration will not allow armed militia to continue to terrorize communities.

He encouraged 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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