Gunmen who stormed Tse Ujoh community in Katsina Alla local government area of Benue State today August 10th, shot nine people dead.
Eyewitnesses alleged that 12 people were found dead, however the Police confirmed nine person killed in the attack. The eyewitnesses further disclosed that the attackers stormed the community in a commando manner, shooting indiscriminately, leading to the death of eight persons on the spot.
“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, the eyewitness said.
Confirming the attack, the state governor, Samuel Ortom described as unacceptable, the latest attack which left nine persons dead. Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, Governor Ortom who assured the people of Katsina-Ala that steps had been taken to prevent further attacks in the area adding that three persons had been arrested in connection with the attack., told newsmen that troops had been deployed to the affected area to bring the situation under control.
The statement further said, “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 statement said.
The State Command spokesman, DSP Moses Yamu, who also confirmed that nine people were killed in the latest attack in Benue State, told newsmen;
“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.