Ukum LGA, located in Benue State, has been experiencing heightened insecurity since a commander of the Benue State Livestock Guard was murdered in the Tine-nune village of the area over the weekend.
In the last two months, mysterious gunmen have killed dozens of innocent civilians and security officers in the area.
Unnamed witness in Makurdi told BANKPAWA on Monday that the deceased was identified as Jarule Likita, Commander of the Benue State Livestock Guard (BSLG) for the Mbatan council ward, and that he had been shot multiple times in the chest.
At around 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, the unnamed gunmen attacked the BSLG commander at the Tine-nune village in Ukum LGA, killing him on the spot, according to an eyewitness who spoke to BANKPAWA. Since then, locals have fled the area out of fear of additional attacks.
The informant went on to say that Mr. Likita’s murder was the sixth of BNLG leaders in the region, implying that the criminals and BNLG members may be up to something with the repeated killings of livestock guards.
Meanwhile, BANKPAWA was unable to reach SP Sewuese Anene, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Benue command, to confirm the death at the time this report was written.