Benue violence: 2 missing police officers found

Two police officers who went missing in an ambush in Benue state have been found unhurt, police said yesterday.
The officers were amongst four mobile policemen who were declared missing after a police patrol team drove into an ambush by suspected herdsmen in Logo local government area on Saturday afternoon.
But the remaining two officers are still missing, Benue police commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, said in an update to Premium Times yesterday Sunday morning.
“Two officers rejoined their colleagues unhurt; hoping to see the remaining two.
“The returned officers appeared at the police station in Ayilamo, near Azege town where the attack occurred, late last night. Rescue efforts coordinated by the police had been underway since Saturday evening,” he said.
Another officer who sustained gunshot wounds is undergoing treatments at the hospital in Ayilamo, residents and police sources said.
“We had had an encounter around Azege when a team of mobile police went on confidence patrol,” Owoseni said while confirming the incident to Premium Times Saturday night.
“When they were coming back at a point in Azege, they started hearing gunfire from inside the bush suspected to be from the herdsmen. There was a serious exchange of gunfire.”
A chief in Logo LGA, Enoch Nyikyaa, told our correspondent that he had been to the police station in Ayilamo and saw an officer receiving drips on Sunday morning.
“The officer was not shot at all; I think he was tired from running into the bushes he didn’t know well. We thank God he’s safe and pray that the rest policemen are found,” he said.

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