Gunmen attacks have become a trend in Nigeria. As a result, unknown gunmen reportedly attacked and killed a lawyer, Moses Udam on Thursday. Also, the criminals killed his wife and a blind septuagenarian, Nyikor Mazugu, in Agbougul, Makurdi Council of Benue State.
The attacks reportedly occurred when the gunmen stormed Agbougul community during the wee hours of the day. They attacked and killed the victims in their homes.
‘The Guardian’ reported that the gunmen left two sons of the septuagenarian with gunshot injuries. Also, the criminals vandalized two vehicles belonging to the deceased lawyer and his wife.
According to reports, the incident occurred when Udam and his family had retired to their rooms 11:30 PM on Wednesday, after celebrating his birthday. The bandits reportedly made away with their phones and other reachable valuables.
Benue State Governor Speaks on the Shocking Killing
Reacting to the gruesome attack, Governor Samuel Ortom, vowed that the residents of Benue state under his watch will always be protected from similar attacks by bandits, whose aim is to destroy lives and properties and occupy the state.
“We will no longer succumb to their attacks,” the saddened Governor lamented.
Speaking further, the Governor recounted similar attacks, which ensued barely four days at Tse-Angband. This continuous ‘unfortunate’ attack bears the handwriting of the jihadists’ agenda to occupy the state.
Speaking further, Governor Ortom noted that ‘developed’ nations with a higher per cent of cattle, when compared to Nigeria, have no conflict between farmers and herders. This, according to him, is as a result of ranching. Too, he noted that the only way to stop this menace is the introduction of ranching. He believes this will serve as the only method of grazing, which is different from open grazing.
“Benue residents also practice ranching,” the Governor recounted.
Moreover, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Benue Command, DSP Catherine Anne, confirmed the barbaric attacks. However, Anne alleged that only two people died. The PPRO also revealed that one other person with injury was receiving treatment at Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH).
However, when the newsmen contacted him on the phone, the Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS), General Adeyemi Yekini, maintained his troops were already in the area. According to him, the troops had restored peace in the area. Yekini further said the newsmen could get more details on the attack from the Defense Headquarters Media Operations.