The Benue State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has disclosed that two of its personnel were killed by suspected herdsmen in a village in the State.
It is understood that the two officials were killed in Awange village of Kasseyo Ward in Guma Local Government Area of the state.
The Public Relations Officer of the Benue State Command of the NSCDC, Mr Adakole John Peter, told Channels Television that both men were killed when herdsmen stormed the village at about 5 pm on Sunday and engaged security operatives in a gun battle.
He identified the officers as Adams Godwin, an Assistant Superintendent of the Corps, and Abah Patrick, a Senior Corp Assistant.
A member of the community was also killed during the attack before a detachment of the NSCDC special squad deployed in Guma communities repelled the attack.
The NSCDC PRO said, “At about 5 pm on Sunday, 11th February 2018, our troops deployed to Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, encountered armed herdsmen who came to attack Awange Village of Kasseyo ward.
“While the attack lasted, a community member was killed, while two of our personnel lost their lives trying to defend the community.
“We quickly mobilised additional men to reinforce the troops who remained gallant in pushing back the herdsmen and as we speak, we are carrying out headcounts both on the side of the community and the attackers.”
Vanguard also gathered from sources that the duo were gunned down while on patrol with members of sister security operatives in the area.
“I think that the herdsmen ambushed and opened fire on the team killing the two victims while other members of the team managed to escape unhurt.” The source said.
The news comes barely a few days after the Benue State Police Command announced that four of its officers were missing after a mobile patrol team that they were part of was ambushed by suspected herdsmen in Ayilemo in Logo Local Government Area of Benue State.