Unknown gunmen murder five persons in Benue

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Suspected gunmen last Tuesday night attacked Mondo village in Ukemberagya Gaambetiev Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, killing five persons.

This is coming as three suspected kidnappers were yesterday killed by the police in Kaduna State.

According to a local source, a family of four was killed with their visitor.

He gave the names of the victims as Torkaa Gbim, Celina Tavershima, Ayilaga Tavershima, Sonter Tavershima and Terkaa Tavershima.

According to him, the gunmen suspected to be herdsmen, who were in their numbers, came around 11 p.m. and attacked the community resulting in the deaths of five persons. He added that some persons are still missing as a result of the attack.

Also, Chairman of Logo LGA, Mr. Richard Nyajo, who confirmed the report, said five persons, including a woman, was killed in the Mondo attack.

“Yes, five persons have been killed at Mondo in Ukemberagya ward. From the information I gathered, the attackers came between 10 – 11 p.m. of last Tuesday.

“The herdsmen came to the same place last year and killed so many people. When the attack was going on, I alerted troops of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), but the troops missed their way because the man in charge of our local government area is new to the area and is not familiar with the terrain,” he stated.

Commander of OPWS, Major General Adeyemi Yekini, who confirmed the killing, however, said it was a spillover from the Jukun/Tiv crisis at Kente, Wukari Local Government Area of the state.