Benue: Gov. Ortom reacts to killing of 3 policemen, 2 others by gunmen

By Simdi Gloria:-

Sources have it that at the residence of Alfred Avalumun Atera, the Chairman of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area in Benue State, Five people, consisting of three policemen and two civilians, were reportedly shot dead by gunmen.

It was also gathered that the attack which occurred at about 11.30 am left several others wounded.

A pandemonium was set up in the town because of the incident but a military special squad restored calm.

Information Officer of the Council Tertsea Benga confirmed the report to newsmen by telephone.

He explained that the incident occurred between 11 am and 12 noon while people were trooping into his boss’s residence for Christmas largesse.

‘Suddenly, the gunmen struck, killing the policemen and two other civilians. One of the deceased victims was a gateman at the Chairman’s house,’ the spokesman said.

Catherine Anene Police spokeswoman DSP confirmed the report when contacted.

‘This incident is confirmed. Three policemen were killed and investigation has commenced,’ Anene stated.

Governor Samuel Ortom condemned what he described as an assassination attempt on the Chairman of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, Hon Alfred Atera, in which three security men and two civilians were killed.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, the governor described the attack as unacceptable.

‘Governor Ortom commiserates with families of those who lost their lives during the attack on Atera’s house and states that their killers will not escape justice,’ the statement concluded.

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