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Again, gunmen storm Benue, kill 18

Anthony Iwuoma

Gunmen suspected to be herders have, again, invaded a community in Benue State, killing no fewer than 18 persons, including two cops.

The attack on Ukum Local Government Area also left 11 people with serious injuries.

The herdsmen reportedly invaded Gbeji town through St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Gbeji, shooting sporadically.

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It was gathered that more than 50 houses were also razed by the assailants.

Lt Col. Paul Hemba (rtd), adviser to state governor on security, explained that while one of the cops died on the spot, the other succumbed to the serious injuries he sustained in the attack, as he was being rushed hospital.

Hemba identified some of the deceased, as John Nor, Zege, Mtem Torpav, Afam Abama, Akor Jem, Torlumun Orabende,  Kpaver Tion, Orpandega Terseer, Bem Nyichia and Apeseza Baba.

Others are Eje Abraham, Mrs. Torsar Nyave Tyoulugh, Ugba Joseph, Mbakumbur Peter, Moses Pav, Atseva Ortwer and Unduun.

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According to a source, other victims,  include, Godwin Zege,  Mr. Mteen Kulegwa, Akor Ikyor, Ikechukwu popularly known as (IK) a trader resident in Gbeji, Vincent Tyavmbi, Mr. Stephen Kpelan,  and Mr. Ordugh Ikyor, among others.

Remains of some of the deceased have been deposited in morgues but the injured were admitted in different hospitals with serious gunshot injuries.

Expectedly, the villagers had deserted their homes for fear of becoming victims.

Hon. Tyoumbur Kaatyo,  Chairman, of the council, had visited the affected area and condemned the dastardly act. He urged  security personnel to be more active in securing the border communities against such attacks.

Spokesperson of the Benue State Police Command, DSP Catherine Sewuese, Anene, who confirmed the attack, added that the police had not got the full details.