Nigerian Army Confirms Killing Of 11 Personnel On Routine Operation In Benue

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The Nigerian army has said that troops operating in Benue State came under attack while on routine operational task.

In a statement issued on Thursday by the Director, Army Public Relations, Mohammed Yerima, the troops comprising one officer and ten soldiers were found dead in Konshisha Local Government Area of the state.

Yerima stated that the troops were initially declared missing before their lifeless bodies were found by a joint and search rescue team comprising Nigerian Army troops and personnel of Operation Whirl Stroke.

In the statement titled, ‘Unprovoked Attack On Troops On Stabilisation Operations In Benue State,’ Yerima said that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru has directed commanders on the ground to ensure sustained efforts in order to fish out and deal decisively with those responsible for the crime.

The statement reads, “Nigerian Army (NA) troops operating in Benue State came under attack while on routine operational task. The troops comprising one officer and ten soldiers were initially declared missing which prompted the deployment of a joint search and rescue team comprising NA troops and personnel of Operation Whirl Stroke. The search and rescue team unfortunately found all the missing troops dead in Konshisha LGA of Benue State. While the bodies of the slain troops were evacuated immediately, efforts are ongoing to track down the perpetrators of this heinous crime with a view to bringing them to Justice.

“The NA under the leadership of the COAS Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru remains resolute in ensuring stability in Benue State as well as other parts of the country that are affected by the activities of criminal gangs. The NA remains determined to ensure that this unprovoked attack does not disrupt the general peace being enjoyed by the local inhabitants.

“The COAS has therefore directed commanders on the ground to ensure sustained efforts in order to fish out and deal decisively with these bad elements who are threatening the peace in the area.

“It may be recalled that Benue State which was a hot bed for violent clashes has been enjoying relative peace following the successes achieved by the various security agencies who have been working tirelessly to safeguard law abiding citizens and ensure they go about their legitimate business without fear of harassment by criminals.

“The NA appeal to the public to volunteer useful information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of this dastardly act.

“You are kindly requested to disseminate this information to the general public through your medium. Thank you for your usual cooperation.”

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