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Gunmen invade Benue community in fresh attack

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A recent attack on the Ugboju village in Benue State’s Agatu Local Government Area is suspected to have killed several people.

There are different reports on the exact number of victims in the recent unrest in the North Central state.

However, a local identified as Oche informed the media over the phone that 15 bodies were discovered Thursday morning.

He stated that other individuals, including children, remain missing.

According to another source, nine individuals were killed in the latest Benue attack on Wednesday night.

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The insider stated that the recent Benue incident was purportedly carried out by suspected herders.

On January 28, 2024, gunmen believed of being herders terrorised certain villages in Benue State‘s Agatu Local Government Area, murdering eight persons.

A former Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism, Mike Inalegwu, while speaking to journalists on Thursday, confirmed the fresh attack on the Ugboju community, stating many people were killed and many others, including children, were missing.

He said, “The incident happened in the evening yesterday (Wednesday) when people were engaging in social activities.

“The armed herders surrounded the Ugboju community from different places and attacked the people.

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“The armed herders were just shooting indiscriminately while people were running helter-skelter.

“When they were done in Ugboju, they moved to the deserted Okokolo and burnt down many houses.

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