Dozens Shot Dead In Benue Militia Gang War 

Police in Benue have confirmed killings of no fewer than 27 persons,including mourners by some militia gang invaded Akpuna village, Ukum LGA of the state.
The  Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent, SP, Catherine Anene in a statement said “At about 12 pm, a militia gang invaded Akpuna and  Diom communities  , Ukum and  LGA of Benue state.
The command said the assailants  were shooting sporadicall in the attack which left several persons dead including mourners.
 Eight corpses were recovered at the scene while many other injured persons were taken to hospital for treatment. Operation is ongoing in the area.”
Also speaking, the  Chairman of Ukum LGA, Mr. Kartyo Tyoumbur said information at his disposal indicated that 24 bodies had been recovered from the two attacked villages.

He said, “I learnt that after attacking Akpuuna and Diom, the armed gang fled the scene but on getting to the Tine-Nune community on the Zaki Biam-Wukari Road they met the military who confronted them.

“Though no one knows how many of them were killed but I believe some of them must have been neutralised in that exchange.”

The Chairman who decried the attack said no one knew the motive of the attackers.

It was gathered that the armed men had on Friday night attacked a funeral at Adogo Ugbaam community where they killed three mourners. And on Saturday morning at about 11 am another gang invaded Akpuuna and Diom communities where 24 persons were murdered.

A local  who spoke on condition of anonymity, the armed men whose motive was not known, stormed the villages on motorbikes killing the three mourners at Adogo Ugbaam village at about 9 pm after which they invaded Akpuuna and Diom on Saturday morning at about 11 am when the local market in the area was busy with the day’s activities.

 “Nobody saw this coming; the armed men stormed Diom and Akpuuna on motorbikes at about 11 am when the local market in the community had picked up with activities after killing three mourners at Adogo Ugbaam village last night (Friday) at about 9 pm.

“At Akpuuna and Diom they shot at anybody they saw, mercilessly killing the people in the market and the two neighbouring villages. There was pandemonium, people ran for their lives but many could not escape. Apart from those killed, many are still missing; and from all indications that number will rise.

“After killing the people and injuring many, the armed men set fire on people’s property and fled the scene.

“As we speak people are fleeing the attacked communities but the search for missing persons is ongoing. It is a sad day for our people.”

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