Posted by Grand News | 19 October 2018 | 698 times
Two residents of Ukum Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State have been reportedly killed following the attack of the community by unknown gun men.
The deceased were said to be a mother and child.
According to a statement by the Benue State Police Command, the militias suspected to be members of the dreaded wanted Ghana gang who have been tormenting the area drove on motor bikes and opened fire on the residents.
The state Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Moses Iyamu said.”About 1100 hours of Thursday, information was received that some armed Shitile militia aka “Ghana Boys” dressed in Police Mobile Force (PMF) and Special Forces’ uniforms were approaching Zaki Biam town through bush paths, riding on Bajaj motorcycles. It is important to note that, their movement was in a bid to escape the ongoing joint operation tagged “Whirl Stroke” targeted at their enclaves, which forced them out, to possibly seek refuge in the town.
He said the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ukum Division quickly alerted and mobilised the security forces around in order to repel the militias.
“An intense gun duel ensued in which regrettably, one policeman who was fatally injured and his rifle taken away by the militia was rushed to the hospital alongside two yet to be identified civilians (a woman and a small boy) were confirmed dead at the hospital. While three other persons who sustained injuries are currently receiving treatment at Light of Grace Hospital, Zaki Biam”
He said the Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon has assured the general public and people of Ukum and environs that effort have been intensified to bring they criminal elements to justice.
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