Nine persons have been confirmed dead by the police after suspected gunmen attacked Tse Ujoh community in Ikyurav-Tiev in Katsina Alla local government area of Benue state in the early hours of Friday, August 10.
However, an eyewitness who spoke to the Punch newspaper, claimed that twelve people were killed when the attackers stormed the community.
The witness said: “The attackers stormed Tse Ujoh village in Ikyurav-Tiev in the early hours of Friday. As soon as they invaded the village, they were shooting indiscriminately, while some of the attackers entered into houses and attacked people.
“By the time they left, several people were injured, at least 12 bodies were found and taken to hospital morgue."
Decrying the continuous attack on Benue communities, Governor Samuel Ortom said latest attack on Tse-Ujoh in Ikyurav-Tiev of Katsina-Ala local government was unacceptable.
The governor, in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase the army troops are on the lookout for the attackers.
The statement read: “Governor Ortom reassured the people of the state that his administration will not allow armed militia to continue to terrorise communities.
“He encouraged anyone with information that can lead to the apprehension of the gang to contact the police, Department of State Services or the military."
The state command spokesman, DSP Moses Yamu, confirmed that nine people were killed.
“We got information that some militia suspected to be of Shitile, attacked Tse Ujoh village of Ikyurav-Tiev council ward where nine people were killed."
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Benue state government on Thursday, August 9, said the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has unfrozen its bank accounts.
Recall that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had reportedly frozen the bank accounts belonging to the government of Benue state after it was said to have secured a court order for this.
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