Gunmen Strike Again in Benue: Five Dead, One Abducted

Gunmen have launched another wave of deadly attacks in two local government areas of Benue State, resulting in the deaths of five people and the abduction of a woman.

The attacks occurred between Sunday and Monday in various locations across the state, leaving residents in shock and fear.

In Agatu Local Government Area, armed assailants reportedly attacked Ikpele village on Sunday evening, leaving a trail of devastation in their wake. According to witnesses, the attackers killed four individuals, including one who was gruesomely beheaded, and three others who suffered amputations.

Meanwhile, in Gwer West Local Government Area, one person lost their life in another attack, bringing the total casualties from the Sunday onslaught in both LGAs to five, with several others sustaining injuries.

Apa Local Government Area also witnessed violence as armed invaders kidnapped a woman during an assault on the Otukpo-Adoka-Oweto highway. Additionally, one person was shot in the leg, and vehicles were targeted with gunfire.

The attacks continued into Monday along the same highway, heightening tensions in the affected communities.

Expressing concern over the escalating violence, Joseph Adakole, a humanitarian worker, emphasized the dire consequences for the people of Idoma land. He highlighted the loss of lives, destruction of property, and displacement of villagers as major issues requiring urgent attention.

Council Chairman of Apa Local Government Area, Ochayi Alidu, confirmed the attacks and assured residents that efforts were underway to address the situation.

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Yakubu Ochepo, the Council Chairman of Agatu Local Government Area, called for enhanced security support to repel further attacks. He condemned the recent invasion of Ikpele village by armed herders from Ogumogbo, stressing the need for decisive action to prevent future tragedies.

Efforts to obtain a comment from the State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Catherine Anene, regarding the incidents were unsuccessful as of the time of filing this report.

The latest attacks underscore the persistent security challenges facing communities in Benue State, prompting calls for urgent intervention to protect lives and property.