Herdsmen Kill 7 In Fresh Attack, More Nigerian Soldiers Dead As Federal High Court Is Set Ablaze

Suspected herdsmen attack IDPs camp, kill 7 ― Ortom

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue, on Tuesday, confirmed an attack on Abagena Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Makurdi by suspected herdsmen, that left seven persons dead and many others injured. Ortom stated this when he visited the camp, where the IDPs were already protesting the attack by blocking the Makurdi-Lafia road.

The governor said that the attacks were becoming unacceptable. He also said that more than 70 people were killed in Guma, Makurdi, and Gwer West local government areas (LGAs), of the state in the last two weeks. “You have all seen what is happening within the last two weeks. We have lost over 70 people in Guma, Makurdi, and Gwer West LGAs alone, in addition to what you have seen here. “Many are in the hospital apart from the seven that were killed. But I want to say that our patience is being overstretched in spite of our preaching of rule of law and due process. You can see that the people are fed up.’’

Ortom urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to take full responsibility for the security challenges facing the country as he is the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces. He also called on other governors to wake up and impress on the president to address the country on the ongoing insecurity in the country. “Mr President must rise up; he is the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has taken oath of office to secure and protect lives and property. “This (attack) is not acceptable, this cannot continue. Mr President must rise up and address the nation. “My colleagues, the governors must rise and impress on the President to call a security submit, if possible to declare a state of emergency on security so that all hands will be on deck to address the situation in the country,’’ he said.


Source: Vanguard



Gunmen kill two soldiers at Ebonyi military checkpoint

Gunmen have killed two soldiers at a military checkpoint located at Timber Junction area in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi state.

“The gunmen also carted away the riffles of the two dead soldiers,” the source added.

A source in the community, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said the gunmen arrived at the checkpoint in a white bus and as the military men stopped them for a search, they opened fire on them.

According to him, the situation threw the two busy towns of Amasiri and Afikpo into panic, as residents, especially petty traders hurriedly packed their goods and went home.

“It’s a very sad situation here. They said it was people suspected to be gunmen, who came to the checkpoint at Timber Shade (boundary Ehugbo and Amasiri) in the white bus.

“As usual, it appeared the military were checking them and all of a sudden, they opened fire on them. Two of the military men, a man and woman, died. Others ran away.

“The area is as quiet as the graveyard. These bordering villages used to be very busy and people here are farmers and traders.

“But the moment that happened, people started going home. Nobody is seen outside as I speak to you. Every place is calm. There is fear here now. My brother, the world is about to end,” the source said.

The Military was yet to react at the time of filling this Report.

Commissioner for Police, Mr Garba Aliyu, could not pick calls and was yet to respond to a text message sent by our correspondent on the matter.

The spokesperson of the command, Loveth Odah also failed to respond to queries for comment on the incident.

The attack is is coming barely 10 days , after three policemen were shot dead by gunmen in the state.

Gunmen have ramped up attacks on security agencies in the southeast and south south recently.

There have been deadly attacks on the police and military in the past one week.

In one of such attacks, four soldiers were killed in an attack at a hotel in a Rivers community on Sunday.

Also, soldiers were said to be among eight security officials killed on Sunday by gunmen along the Omagwa/Isiokpo/Elele Owerri Road in Rivers State.

In Imo State, Nigeria’s South-east, gunmen suspected to be IPOB members attacked and set ablaze the country home of the state governor, Hope Uzodinma on Saturday.

Within the past one week, there have been deadly attacks on police facilities in Enugu and Anambra states.

The Eastern Security Network (ESN), which is the security arm of the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) is suspected to be behind the attacks.

But the outlawed group continues to deny involvement in the attacks.


Source: The Nation



BREAKING: Federal High Court set ablaze in Ebonyi

The Federal High Court Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, Nigeria’s South-east, has been set ablaze by unknown gunmen.

The building is located along the Enugu/Abakaliki Highway, opposite the Peoples Democratic Party office in the state. The attack was carried out on Tuesday by hoodlums using petrol bombs, a source told our correspondent.

The fire which began in the early hours affected the library and the security post of the court building.

However, fire fighters were said to have later mobilised to the scene to put out the fire before it could cause more damage. No casualty was recorded in the attack which destroyed court records in the library. The police spokesperson in the state, Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident. She said the attackers came in their large numbers to carry out the attack.

Most states in the South-east and South-south, have been grappling with severe security challenges, including the spate of attacks on security agencies.


Source: Premium Times