One dead, one injured as suspected herders attack livestock guards in Benue

By Jimin Geoffrey

Suspected Fulani herdsmen militia yesterday attacked members of the Benue State Livestock Guards and Agro Rangers of the Nigeria Security and civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, leaving one person dead and one other severely injured.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, retired Colonel Paul Hembah who briefed journalists today in his office on the attack said the the Livestock Guards and NSCSC personnel were ambushed on their way back from patrol in Mbalagh Council Ward of Makurdi Local Government Area.

He noted that the heder’s militia laid siege on both sides of the road and opened fire on their targets, killing a personnel of the Livestock Guards on the spot while a member of the Agro Rangers was badly injured.

According to the Security Adviser, men of the Operation Whirl Stroke were immediately contacted and swiftly rushed to the scene of the incident, even as they could not find the assailants who retreated on motorbikes.

He stated that suspected herdsmen militia had targeted personnel of the Livestock Guards and Agro Rangers in recent times in the State ostensibly to intimidate and deter them from performing their duties.

The Security Adviser who commended security agents for their efforts in containing the attacks said the attackers come in a guerrilla manner and retreat immediately after accomplishing their mission, making it difficult to trail and arrest them.

Benue State Commander of the Livestock Guards, Linus Zaki said his men were attacked near Zongo on their way back from routine patrol in Mbalagh around 6pm, adding however that they would not be deterred nor coward into surrendering the land to the marauders.

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