Soldiers Allegedly In Reprisal Mission Razed Benue Villages

source: 774ngr
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A replay of Odi 1999 in Bayelsa is happening in Koshinsha LGA in Benue State as residents are fleeing and taking refuge inside bushes. They are allegedly running away from the guns and fire of soldiers who are said to have returned to avenge the death of over eight of their colleagues who were mauled by bandits on Tuesday afternoon. Report say bandits ambushed and killed eight soldiers on Tuesday in a remote community in Koshinsha LGA in northern Benue State in Nigeria. Anadolu Agency reported that ”some armed men suspected to be militia bandits killed eight soldiers on Tuesday, leading to deployment of more troops in the volatile area.” Residents of Gbinde, Bonta,Ulam, Agidi ,Gungul and other villages are sending SOS cries , asking to be saved from the revenge of the soldiers. Confirming the incident, Ebuka Ohanusi , a soldier ,whose father and orderly was killed by the marauding bandits told our reporter ” what actually happened in Koshinsha or oju axis.The villagers killed and burnt 16 soldiers that where on patrol of which my father and regular was among them that the village youth killed and burnt. I am not justifying the burning of the house there, but how I wish you will understand what we are going through here in this country” “My regular married few month ago and now his gone, have you ever lost a father that you are doing the same work with?” James Atsa’am, a native of one of the villages tried to trace the cause of the incident “There’s a land tussle better two communities of Tiv in Konshisha local government and Igede in Oju local government all of Benue state. That’s the beginning. So from the speech released by state government yesterday, it’s alleged that the officers of operation whirl stroke were attacked there while on patrol by bandits. It’s the alleged attack by bandits that Army are killing and burning unarmed villagers in the entire local government."

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