Tension in Benue As Bandits Attack Communities, Kills 7, Scores Missing

Jan 9, 2024 | Entertainment, News

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  • Communities in Benue state woke up to a fresh attack by gunmen on Sunday, January 7
  • According to community leaders, the attack involved armed Fulani herders who are working closely with Jukun militias
  • The assailants reportedly targeted the communities in a nighttime raid, resulting in the death of seven persons and the disappearance of several individuals

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herders have launched a renewed attack in communities in Benue state.

They attacked villagers in the Logo local government area of Benue state and killed no fewer than seven individuals.

Benue state police command, Fulani herdersmen, militia
Benue police mum as bandits attack communities.
Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force
Source: Facebook

How the gunmen operated in Benue communities

As reported by The Punch, the attackers targeted a commercial vehicle, attacked the vehicle between Arufu and Chembe villages on Sunday, January 7, and shot at passengers.

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The attackers were later reported to have invaded the Mchia community in the night and killed seven persons leaving several others missing.

Reacting, a community leader, Anawah Joseph, disclosed to The Punch via telephone on Monday, January 8, that the attackers laid ambush on the road between Arufu and Chembe villages.

He added thus:

“They also invaded Mchia where they slaughtered eight people.”

Meanwhile, the chairman of the local government, Rev Adagbe Jonathan, on Monday, also confirmed the attack in the communities.

He noted that seven persons were killed while several others were still missing.

Further confirming the development, the council chairman, who said he was on his way to report the incident to the security adviser, Joseph Har, added that the attackers were armed herders hired by Jukun militias.

Police react to Benue attack

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As of the time of filing this report, the Benue state police command’s public relations officer, Catherine Anene, is yet to react to the development.

Shehu Sani reacts as bandits return to Kaduna-Abuja highway, kidnap 30

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that on Sunday, January 7, bandits struck, causing fear among travellers on the Abuja–Kaduna highway.

The armed men reportedly attacked and abducted over 30 people, witnesses and community leaders disclosed.

Reacting, a former Kaduna lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, confirmed the attack on his X page (formerly Twitter) on Monday, January 8 and noted that two of his friends, representing both ruling and opposition parties, narrowly escaped being kidnapped by the bandits.

Bandits abduct Kubwa residents

Also, Legit.ng reported earlier that bandits attacked the Zone 5 segment of the Kubwa Extension II Relocation Estate along Arab Road in the FCT.

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Terrorists kill 8 traders, kidnap others in Katsina

Legit.ng earlier reported that bandits attacked and killed eight traders returning from the Jibia weekly market and kidnapped two others near Kukar Babangida village in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina state.

The tragic incident happened on Sunday, December 24, when the bandits opened fire on the vehicle conveying the traders.

Four passengers were severely wounded and are undergoing treatment in the hospital. While those killed have all been buried according to Islamic rites.

Source: Legit.ng



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