Some soldiers of the Nigerian Army have reportedly attacked six villages in the Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, killing six persons, including a pregnant woman.
The attack, it was learnt, was in reprisal to the killing of a soldier at the weekend by some youths in the area.
Sources from Agatu revealed to The Punch on Tuesday that that six villages — Olegadakolo, Ikpele, Otugologwu, Iwali, Okpanchenyi and Egba — were sacked by the soldiers.
A source at Egba community also said a pregnant woman was hit by a stray bullet, adding that the six villages had been deserted.
“This is genocide on our people, as I’m talking to you now, six villages have been sacked, children and women have moved out of the affected villages, while many people have been arrested by the invading soldiers,” the source said.
However, the Brigade Commander of the 707 Special Force, Brig. Clement Apere, denied that soldiers attacked the people.
“The operation we conducted in the area was carried out in a professional way,” he said.
Also lending voice on the incident, the council’s sole administrator, Mr. Mike Inalegwu, denied the killing of people in Agatu communities but admitted the invasion of military personnel.
“There is no iota of truth in that, no one was killed, the military were only on the mission to recover their arms and ammunition,” he said.