Three police officers were also killed in the attack that has been confirmed by the state police spokesperson Moses Yamu. Three police officers have been killed after some gunmen invaded a police station in Benue state on Sunday, October 2. A police station in Ado local government area of Benue state has been robbed of some guns by gunmen who invaded it on Sunday, October 2.
Vanguard reports that the gunmen stormed Igumale Police Station in Ado local government area of the state in the morning, killing the officers and leaving another in critical condition.
The men also robbed the station of some guns in an attack that has been confirmed by the state police public relations officer, Moses Yamu. Vanguard quotes a senior Ado council staff, who spoke on anonymity grounds, as saying: “I personally got a call from one of the elders in Ogbe village, which is just a stone throw from the station, at 12:35a.m., that there was heavy bombardment of the village as if a war had started. “After receiving that call, the gunshots continued for about 10 minutes and nobody was courageous enough to come out of his home.
“At that point, we all started calling security agencies in the area, including the Divisional Police Officer to find out what the problem was because it was as if the entire Igumale was under siege. “About 15 minutes after the shootings stopped, people came out and discovered that the Igumale Police Station had been attacked and there was blood everywhere. One of the policemen on duty was shot dead and three others badly wounded and in critical condition.
“According to the account of those who lived near the station, they heard the sound of two motorbikes conveying some persons to the station and suddenly there was heavy bombardment of the station after which the men mounted their bikes and zoomed off through Adiga village, towards Okpoga. “We immediately called in the council ambulance and conveyed them to Saint Daniel Hospital, Otukpo. Unfortunately, before we got to the hospital, the second officer died. “We gathered that the other two, who were also in critical condition because their bodies were riddled with bullets, were moved from Otukpo to the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi, by police authorities for proper attention. One of them died before noon.
“As I speak with you, our people are in shock and in fear. Although more security personnel had been drafted to Ado and the Police Commissioner had visited, there is tension because nobody knows the motive of the attackers.” Meanwhile, dangerous weapons have been discovered from some cattle rustlers who were arrested by Nigerian troops between Kaduna and Katsina states. Information made available by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the military spokesperson, have it that this latest triumph is “in continuation with the operations against livestock rustlers, armed bandits and kidnappers within its area of operations, troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army, have conducted clearance operations within Kaduna and Katsina States.”
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