By Abimbola Ogunnaike
Gunmen invaded three communities in Entekpa Ward in Adoka District of Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State killing at least no fewer than 17 people, just as residents deserted the communities after the bloody attack.
The affected communities, according to the locals, include Iwili, Umogidi and Opaha in Entekpa ward of Adoka district in Otukpo LGA.
The Otukpo local government Chairman, Alfred Oketa Omakwu, who confirmed the development, said seven dead bodies had been recovered as of Tuesday afternoon, with the help of soldiers.
Omakwu said the search for more bodies would continue when soldiers return.
A witness said no fewer than 17 people were feared dead while four persons had been buried.
“We fear that more people have been killed, although four bodies were recovered on Monday night. Altogether 17 persons are missing. We think they might have all been killed but we are still combing the bushes in search of them.
“The attack started on Saturday after a rumour broke out a day earlier that the gunmen were advancing from Agatu local government area towards the Otukpo area bounding the affected area.
“As we speak, search parties who went to recover bodies of missing persons in the bush came under attacks by the armed invaders and we are hearing that more people may have been gunned down too,” the witness said.
The witness added that villagers had deserted their homes in the affected areas while the invaders were threatening the troubled Umogidi, Iwilli and Opaha.
As at the time of fling this report, the state police command has yet to comment on the sad development.
Source: Daily Trust