- A police team in Benue state reportedly ran into an ambush by gunmen
- Four of the officers on the team are dead while eleven others are missing
Four police officers are reportedly dead and eleven others missing after a police team in Benue state ran into an ambush by gunmen on the night of Sunday, April 15.
One of the dead officers, according to a report by Premium Times, was riding with his colleague from Anyibe to Ayilamo, in Logo local government area when he was attacked and killed by a group of gunmen.
According to a report by a resident, the second officer escaped with gunshots.
A team of police who responded to the attack and went after the killers ran into an ambush and eleven of them are still missing, while one police truck was set ablaze as at the time this report was filed.
Another resident said: “Eleven officers are missing this night. These killers should be immediately declared a terrorist group now.”
The remains of the officers killed during the attack has been deposited at a local government hospital in Ayilamo.
However, in a fresh press release sent to NAIJ.com by the Benue state police command, the police admitted that four of their officers have been killed in the ambush and effort is on to find the perpetrators.
The police statement read: "The Benue state Police Command regret to report that its personnel came under attack of Insurgents at Anyibe, Logo LGA of the State between 1800hrs of yesterday, 15th April, 2018 and early morning of date. Sadly, at the moment, four (4) casualties have been suffered by the Police.
"Additional reinforcement (including the Air Asset of the Police) deployed by the Inspector General of Police is in pursuit of the murderous gang. They shall definitely be apprehended with their weapons of destruction and made to face the full wrath of the law."
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that in what appears to be a sustained coordinated attack on communities in Logo and Ukum local government areas of Benue state, suspected herdsmen struck again, allegedly killing a 75-year-old man and 14 others.
The attack reportedly took place on April 10; and the affected communities include Gbeji in Ukum local government area, Ukemberagya/Tswarev ward, Channel One community, Orveren and Ajura villages and Tombo community in Logo local government area of the state.
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