Policeman Killed In Fresh Benue Attack
At least one Police officer has been reportedly killed along the route of the Anyibe to Ayilamo, local government areas of Benue State, with 11 others reported missing during same attacks.
Gunmen opened fired at around 6:00pm when the killed officer was said to have been riding with his colleague from Anyibe to Ayilamo local government areas.
According to Premium Times, the remains of the officer had been deposited at a local government hospital in Ayilamo.
Naija News learnt that “the second policeman was lucky to escape the gunshots,” and others who attempted to go after the killers, had run into a waiting ambush.
As at press time, Police commissioner Fatai Owoseni was yet to confirm requests about whether the police were aware of the attack and how they are responding to it.
The name of the slain officer has not been disclosed as the police are yet to formally notify his family.
Naija News had earlier reported incessant deadly attacks that had left scores killed in Benue, including about 45 people on Wednesday alone.
More than 1,000 people have been killed in similar attacks across the region this year alone. No fewer than 15 police officers have been killed in Benue alone this year, in a wave of attacks.
Meanwhile, residents across the north-central where the attacks are more pronounced insist the killers are herdsmen, President Muhammadu Buhari insists the tactics of the culprits made it difficult to categorise them as herdsmen.
The president’s position, however, differs from the views of some of his security chiefs, including the Inspector General of Police and Minister of Defence who observed that the attacks are direct consequences of new anti-open grazing laws in Benue and other states.