18 arrested over killing of six in Benue attacks

Eighteen criminal suspects have been arrested by operatives of the Nigeria Police in Ukun Local Government Area of Benue State.

The arrest followed a violent destruction of property in the Area when suspected bandits on the loose, leading to the death of six persons.

Ukun is a boundary area between Benue and Taraba State where violence broke out amongst loyalists of the slain dreaded popular Gana and Ukum bandits.

The Nigeria Police in Benue State Command’s spokesperson, SP Catherine Anene confirmed the incident in a statement.

The statement said, “On 3rd July 2024 information was received from Ukum Police Division that suspected bandits had attacked a village in Ayati community of Ukum LGA where six persons were killed”.

“This turbulence increased after the death of the dreaded popular Gana and Ukum has attracted the highest deployment of security agents in the State.

“The deployment is made to curtail activities of bandits that are found in three LGAs; Ukum, Logo and Kastina-Ala collectively called Sankera axis”, he said.

The tension led to the deployment of police teams to prevent further attacks, which was repelled by police operatives at Ukun Division after the hoodlums attempted to invade the Division.

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