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Suspected Herdsmen Kill NSCDC Officer, APC Ward Secretary In Benue

Herdsmen Storm Benue Community, Killed Five, 10 Missing


Suspected Herdsmen Kill NSCDC Officer, APC Ward Secretary In Benue

The deceased was killed during a gun duel with the bandits

Makurdi, Benue State– Gunmen suspected herdsmen have killed a commander of the agro-ranger of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Benue State Command, Mike Ode.

It was gathered that the incident happened in Gwer West Local Government Area of the state on Monday, May 6, 2024.

According to Nicholas Ode, the uncle of the deceased, the confrontation occurred at Shaapera village during a special assignment.

“We were told that he went for a special assignment at Shaapera village. It was there that they had a confrontation with the herdsmen and during the gun duel, they confirmed that the NSCDC were able to kill up to 10 of them.

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“Unfortunately, we were told that one of the four civil defence guys which is my brother was gunned down while others escaped.”

He added that the corpse had been deposited at the morgue of Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi.

Superintendent of Corps Mike Ejelikwu, the spokesperson for the NSCDC in Benue State, confirmed the incident said that the death of the personnel would not deter the command from performing its constitutional mandate of providing security for every law-abiding citizen in the state.

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“NSCDC has a specialised squad called the Agro Rangers located across Gwer West, Logo, Apa, Kwande, and Guma among others, to provide security for agro-allied investment,” he said.

Ejelikwu disclosed that the deceased was killed during a gun duel with the bandits, adding that there was heavy casualty on the part of the bandits.

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“We lost one agro ranger who incidentally was the commander of the operation. The command was already in touch with his family.”

In a similar development, suspected herdsmen have killed the secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Gaambe Ushin council ward, also Gwer-West LGA, Mr. Bartholomew Uchasue.

Mr Uchasue was reportedly killed on the Naka-Agagbe road.

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