Monday, 12 February 2018

Herdsmen Attacks: Two Policemen Missing in Benue, As Violence Escalates To Kaduna, Plateau


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Fresh Attack has erupted once again in Benue at the weekend as suspected Fulani herdsmen are said to have lay siege to a police patrol team at Tse-Akpam Azege in Logo Area council.
The patrol van was burnt while two of the police officers have been declared missing after the attack that on Saturday afternoon.


A source from the area, who pleaded anonymity, hints urban express-news online that the herdsmen took the security agents unawares, forcing them to flee, leaving their Hilux van.
The Chairman of Logo Local Government Area, Mr Richard Nyajo, who confirmed the incident, lamented the seemingly intractable attacks on his people. He expressed worry that the attackers now focus on security agents posted to ensure peace in the area. Nyajo said one of the attacked policemen was receiving treatment in a hospital at Ayilamo.
According to him, the commissioner of police in charge of mobile officers arrived in the state yesterday morning to lead the search and rescue efforts.
Nyajo said two motorcycles were carted away by the suspected herdsmen who also attacked Udu village in the local government.
The Benue State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who also confirmed the incident, said the policemen were returning from a confidence-building mission in remote villages of the local council when the suspected herdsmen opened fire on them at Tse Akpam village.
“When my men were coming back, at a point in Azege, they started hearing gunfire from inside the bush by suspected herdsmen. There was a serious exchange of gunfire. The attackers burnt the police Toyota Hilux van after the officers inside fled into nearby bushes.
“As a result, four policemen were missing, but two were later found unhurt. The two officers had rejoined their colleagues, hoping to see the remaining two,” the commissioner said.
Meanwhile, another violence erupts in another proximity of Kaduna where gunmen are said to have attacked Bakin Kogi village in Southern Kaduna at the weekend, killings four persons.
The victims were said to be palm wine tappers who came from another community to conduct their business Barkin Kogi. They were attacked in the bush and one managed to escape with serious injuries.
 Confiding in urban express-news, a source from that location said: “Those that were killed were not members of Bakin Kogi community but they were palm wine tappers from another community.
“They were in the bush tapping palm wine when they were attacked by the gunmen. For now, I cannot tell you where the attackers came from, but they are not from our community here.
“Policemen have visited the place and evacuated the bodies. The area is calm as I speak with you.”
Another source claimed that the attackers, at around 9:00 a.m. stormed the village from the outskirts and shot sporadically at innocent persons, killing four and injuring one.
“Other people at the scene escaped unhurt while the victims died of bullet wounds”, the source added.

Three persons were also reportedly killed at the weekend when suspected herdsmen attacked Zangwra village in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

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