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Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill Seven in Benue

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•As Police kill seven armed robbery suspects

Jude Johnson

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have allegedly killed seven persons in villages in Benue State.

The gunmen, it was learnt, went on a killing spree in Igede village, where they allegedly shot dead six persons, while one other man was murdered in Ologba Agatu community.

Friends mourning one of the deceased, Samuel Peter, said he was on his way from Ologba Agatu village when he was killed.

Another deceased identified as Akpa, a commercial motorcycle rider, was among the six killed in Igede village when the Otukpo Local Government Area chairmanship election also took place two weeks ago.

A source, Adeyi George, said: “Akpa was a very jovial person. He was killed alongside five other Igedes by Fulani herdsmen living in that village.

“We learnt he drove a passenger to Igede village that fateful day. He has since been buried in Otobi village.”

When contacted, the spokesperson of the Benue State Police Command, DSP Catherine Anene, said two persons were murdered.

Anene said: “The villagers told us it was herdsmen that did the killings. It was two persons that were killed. We are still investigating the murders.”

In a related development, the Benue State Police Command on Friday said it had killed seven suspected armed robbers along Lafia-Makurdi Road.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, stated this in a statement in Makurdi.

Anene said a team of police officers trailed the robbers following a tip-off after they had  killed a Police Officer at a checkpoint along Lafia-Makurdi Road.

She said: “Following reports of  armed robbery incidents and the attack of a police check point on 4/6/2020 at Lafia-Makurdi road that led to the death of Inspector Boniface Odeh and the loss of an AK47 rifle, a team of police officers were detailed to trail the armed robbers terrorising commuters on the road.

“The team of police officers swiftly moved to the scene and met the hoodlums dressed in military camouflage and police uniforms. They engaged the police in a gun duel that lasted about 20 minutes. In the process, seven of the armed robbers sustained various degrees of bullet wounds.”

“They  were rushed to the  Benue State University Teaching Hospital where they eventually died and their corpses had been deposited at the morgue for autopsy.”

Anene explained that the Police recovered the missing AK47 rifle, another AK47 rifle loaded with 21 live ammunition, one locally-made pistol with two cartridges, two dane guns, four touch lights, four machetes, nine cell phones and assorted charms.

She said: “Criminals are warned to desist from their evil ways or face the full wrath of the law as the command will not leave any stone unturned in the fight against crime.”

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