Gunmen kill nine in fresh Benue violence

Benue State governor Samuel Ortom

At least nine people were feared killed when gunmen attacked Tse Ujoh community in Ikyurav-Tiev in Katsina Alla Local Government Area of Benue State in the early hours of Friday.

“The attackers stormed Tse Ujoh village in Ikyurav-Tiev in the morning.

“As soon as they invaded the village, they started 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 the hospital morgue,” an eyewitness said.

Reacting to the attack, Governor Samuel Ortom, who decried the constant attacks on Katsina Alla axis, described it as “unacceptable.”

Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, Ortom disclosed that troops had been deployed to the affected area to bring the situation under control.

Benue State Police 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,” Yamu said.