The Benue state command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has lost two of its men in a gun battle with suspected herdsmen.
Adakole Peter, a spokesman of the corps in Benue, confirmed this to National Daily, saying the incident happened in Awange after Kasseyol village in Guma local government area of the state.
Peter identified the deceased as Adams Godwin and Abah Patrick. He said the unfortunate incident happened around 5pm on Sunday.
“They were killed in Guma during an exchange of gunfire with herdsmen. We got some of the herdsmen too but unfortunately two of our colleagues were killed,” he told TheCable via telephone on Monday.
Guma is one of the local government areas where many people were killed on New Year’s day.
Recall that one police officer was also killed in a gruesome manner at the weekend in Benue state when their convoy was attacked by suspected herdsmen.
Four officers were reportedly abducted, but while the other three have been found, the last one found dead with his eyes, nose and ears removed.
A statement, signed by Moses Yamu, the command spokesman, read: “The command regret to announce the death of one of its NCO, who was one of the two (2) remaining missing policemen in the attack of 9/2/2018.
“He was found brutally slaughtered, with eyes and ears as well as nose removed. We pray that God Almighty grants him eternal rest.”