Gunmen, allegedly believed to be Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday allegedly killed two soldiers patrolling between Branch Umenger and Bakin-Kota villages, Mbadwem Council Ward in an ambush in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
It was also gathered that two others sustained various degrees of injuries.
Locals alleged that the militant herders had cut off all the bridges linking the border villages between Nasarawa and Benue states to make the area inaccessible to the security operatives to come after them.
But, the security operatives on discovering the plot, according to the locals, headed towards the location this morning where the gunmen allegedly camped where they were met with stiff resistance.
Guma Local Govt Chairman, Anthony Shawon, said that over 3,000 armed herders were camped at the fringes of border villages in Nasarawa and that from there they often moved into his Guma locality to attack the rural people.
He added that the militias had destroyed the bridges connecting the villages around the area, replacing them with trenches as their hideouts to avoid security operatives swooping on them.
The Chairman noted that the soldiers on special operation in the vicinity on hearing of the development directed the locals to fill up the cut off bridges and that they were on their way to inspect the destruction when the gunmen who may have gotten a tip-off laid in wait for them and killed the deceased.
He said, “Though I’m not the Army to confirm the killings but that was what I learnt happened in my locality today morning”.
Meanwhile, the Operation Whirl Stroke, OPWS, and Army authority in Benue State are yet to confirm the incident as efforts to reach them have not yielded any response at the time of sending this report.
Zonal Chairman, Myetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, North-Central, Danladi Chiroma, who had in recent times spoken for the body in Benue told our correspondent by telephone that he was not aware of the incident.
He maintained, “I didn’t hear about it. They (herders) have been chased out of the affected area so what will take them there again to attack. But sincerely I don’t know”.