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Suspected Bandits Allegedly Kill Soldier, Others In Benue Attack | Citizen NewsNG

ByCitizen NewsNG

Mar 13, 2024



By Alexandria Dominic-Chukwu



Many people were reportedly killed, including a soldier, by suspected bandits in separate attacks in Kwande and Apa Local Government Areas of Benue State.

According to locals, the attacks, occurred between Saturday and Sunday in the Udedeku community of Maav-Ya, Mkoonmom District of Mbaikyor Council Ward, Turan Jato-Aka and Ochumekwu in Kwande and Apa LGAs respectively.

It was gathered that several people were killed and many others were said to have been missing when the bandits invaded the Udedeku community in Kwande.

The Force Commander, Operations Whirl Stroke, Major General Sunday Igbinomwanhia, confirmed the killing of one of his men to journalists in Makurdi on Monday.

He said, “Suspected armed bandits have attacked soldiers deployed in Ochumekwu, Apa LGA, killed one personnel, and wounded one. “The troops in response killed three and injured several of them. They recovered one AK47 and rounds of ammunition from them.”

On the Kwande attack, the OPWS Commander could not confirm the killing in the area but stated that troops were currently carrying out a clearance operation to flush out suspected armed foreign bandits who had invaded the LG.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, said she only heard that some ‘people’ invaded Kwande forest and were not killed.

She said, “What I heard was that some people invaded the forest in Kwande but I didn’t hear of killing.”

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