How bandits killed traditional ruler, 3 others in Benue


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A traditional ruler, Chief Hyacinth Ajon, and three others have become the latest victims of bandit attacks on communities in Benue State.

The Herald learnt that Ajon and one Benjamin Anakula were killed in Tse Zoola, Makurdi local government area of Benue State on Wednesday.

The other two victims were reported killed around 8 pm same day at Mbayer-Yandev Council Ward of Guma Local Government Area.

The oldest member of Tse Zoola, Pa Aho Zoola, disclosed that the attack that claimed the lives of the duo occurred about 2 am when armed bandits stormed the community.

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Pa Zoola, who spoke when Governor Samuel Ortom visited the community on Wednesday evening, disclosed that the attack was unprovoked.

He informed the governor that there was no incident of cattle rustling or any such incident that could have provoked the attack.

The governor assured residents of his administration’s commitment to boosting security in the community by ensuring deployment of security agents to protect the residents.

Confirming the attack on Mbayer-Yandev, Council Chairman of Guma LGA, Caleb Aba, told journalists that the incident occurred at 8pm on Wednesday.

“It happened at about 8pm though my attention was drawn to it at 9pm that Fulani herdsmen invaded Mbayer-Yandev council ward killing two and injuring three others who have been moved to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) for treatment,” Aba said.

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