Gunmen kill 6 in fresh Benue attack

Gunmen suspected to be local militias, Tuesday, launched an attack on the Gugur community in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue state and killed six people.

Sources in the LGA told Blueprint correspondent on Wednesday that the gunmen rode on motorcycles to attack the community between 9pm and 10pm.

Confirming the incident, Wednesday, the lawmaker representing the constituency in the state House of Assembly, Jonathan Agbidye, said that six people were killed in the attack.

He said, “Those people in that particular community were against the hoodlums; luck ran out of them and they got hold of two of them in April and killed them.

“So the incident that happened yesterday (Tuesday night) was just a revenge mission. But the place is calm now. We went there with the police this morning.”

Also confirming the incident, the local government chairman, Shaku Justine, said the militias attacked the community between 9pm and 10 pm on Tuesday.

Justine said, “It’s true that the incident happened yesterday between 9pm and 10pm. Six people were killed in the community.”

The chairman said he and the lawmaker representing Katsina-Ala at the state assembly, Agbidye, visited the community for an on-the-spot assessment, adding that normalcy is returning to the village.

When contacted, the spokesperson for the state police command, Catherine Anene, said she was yet to receive the report.