AGAIN: Gunmen Attack Benue Community

There was pandemonium on Saturday in Wankya settlement of Zaki-Biam town, Ukum LGA of Benue State as gunmen suspected to be members of a wanted militia gang leader, Terwase Akwaza, invaded the area, killed two persons and abducted another.

Sources from the area, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said the killers invaded the area around 11.30pm with guns and broke into the homes of the victims.

The source gave the names of those killed as Saater Wantu, a younger brother to the Benue state correspondent of The Guardian Newspaper, and Denen, a recharge card seller in the settlement.

The third victim, Terseer Wantu, escaped unhurt.

Narrating the ordeal, Wantu said he and his brother, now deceased, had gone to bed without any sign of an imminent attack.

He explained that they were suddenly awakened when bandits invaded their home. According to him, the invaders  took the occupants away to an unknown destination at gunpoint.

He said, “The assailants took the three of us away to a bush path and asked me to lie faced down and move away with the two others who were eventually killed.

After a while, they asked me to go but l lost my way because I could not locate my way home, so l decided to sleep in the bush till daybreak before I managed to trace my way back home in the morning.”

He noted that the matter had since been reported to the divisional police officer in Zaki Biam and that useful statements had been made regarding the attack.

A policeman at the Zaki Biam Divisional Police Office, who craved anonymity,  confirmed the incident and said the corpses of the victim were recovered from a bush path close to Tse- Manger settlement in the Ukum LGA of the state.

He also added that the corpses had been deposited at St. Anthony’s Catholic Hospital, Zaki- Biam.

When contacted, the command spokesman, Moses Yamu, said he is yet to be briefed.