February 28, 2024

Once again, armed intruders have claimed the lives of two individuals in Umogidi community, within the Entekpa Ward of Adoka District, Otukpo Local Government Area in Benue State.

Villagers said that the fresh killings happened two days after the attacks which claimed 17 lives in three communities, including Iwili, Umogidi and Opaha in Entekpa Ward.

An indigene of the area, Adakole Joseph, said that the two people killed were his uncle and cousin while a few others were injured.

“They (invaders) attacked Umogidi again in the evening of Thursday, February 8, 2024, killed some persons and left others injured.

“Two confirmed dead so far. One was my uncle and the other a cousin,” Joseph said.

Alfred Oketa Omakwu, the Otukpo LGA Chairman, also confirmed the the attack on the telephone to our correspondent, saying that two youths were gunned down by the assailants who equally engaged the military.

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Omakwu, however, said calm had returned despite threats by the attackers who vowed to come back.

“From Friday, there has been calm and the military presence has increased. But we are still receiving threats from them (invaders). Two of our youths were killed on Thursday. On the point of their (invaders’) entry, they engaged those ones and the military too,” he added.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Catherine Anene, said she was not aware of the situation.

“I’m not aware of this please,” the PPRO stated.

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