“Deadly Attack: Bandits Kill 24, Set Houses Ablaze in Benue Communities”

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On Saturday, gunmen attacked Zaki Akpuuna 1 and Diom communities in the Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State, resulting in the death of 24 residents. The area is one of the three hotspots in the Sankera axis known for the activities of bandits associated with the late Terwase Akwaza, also known as Gana. The attackers reportedly set fire to several houses in neighboring villages.

According to local sources, the bandits, numbering about 20, carried out the attack in the morning. The motive behind the attack is still unknown, but it is believed to be linked to the power struggle among the various factions of Gana’s former gang members. The chairman of Ukum LGA confirmed the recovery of 24 bodies from the attacked villages. He also mentioned that the armed gang proceeded to Tine-Nune community, where they encountered the military, although the number of casualties on the side of the bandits is yet to be determined.

The state Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the attack, stating that a militia gang had invaded Akpuna village and opened fire. The police, in collaboration with other security agencies, responded to the incident, resulting in the recovery of eight corpses and the evacuation of injured persons for medical treatment. Efforts to contact the spokesman for Operation Whirl Stroke, responsible for security operations in the area, were unsuccessful.

The attack has raised concerns about the security situation in the region and the need for intensified efforts to address the activities of criminal elements. The government and security agencies are urged to take proactive measures to ensure the safety and protection of residents in affected areas.

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