Nigerian Army confirms the killing of 11 soldiers in Benue Communal conflict

In a declaration on Friday, Governor Ortom whilst addressing the latest crisis between communities in Konshisha and Oju Local Government Areas, Asked for restraint on all sides inclusive of the military.

Ortom stated in his communique that he has already directed leaders of the affected areas to make sure that the weapons the “bandits” took away from the army personnel deployed to deliver peace between the warring communities are returned without delay.

Earlier on, the military had pronounced that its troops were attacked while on a programmed operational task, it was not clear who the attackers had been at the time.

The army on the other hand asserted that the troops comprising one officer and ten troopers had been originally declared missing which brought about the deployment of a joint search and rescue team comprising NA troops and personnel of Operation Whirl Stroke.

The search and rescue team, unfortunately, discovered all the missing troops dead in Konshisha LGA of Benue State. While the bodies of the slain troops were evacuated immediately.

According to the army, efforts have been nonetheless ongoing to crackdown down on the perpetrators of the heinous crime with a view to bringing them to justice.

In his reaction, Governor Ortom entreated individuals of the affected communities to expose perpetrators of the unprovoked assaults on the military, declaring that such an act is condemnable and additionally capable of jeopardizing the efforts Government has made to ensure the return of peace to the area.

The governor disclosed that in an effort to find a solution to the crisis, he set up a Boundary Committee headed by using the Deputy Governor, Engineer Benson Abounu to resolve the land dispute in collaboration with the National Boundary Commission.

The Committee had set up a date for the demarcation of the region in contention when renewed violence broke out between the Bonta Community of Konshisha Local Government Area and Okpute Community of Oju Local Government Area.

Ortom assured the locals that his administration is determined to see the end of the conflict and will aid security agencies to fish out those propagating trouble.

He, however, entreated the army to avoid civilian casualties and defend law-abiding individuals while efforts are on to recover their missing weapons.

Let’s try to live peacefully as Pope Francis stated in his recent tweet.

The widespread state of insecurity in the nation has remained an issue of challenge to Nigerians, irrespective of their geo-political zones.
In February, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) expressed a similar fear about the state of insecurity in the nation under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Nevertheless, the Army has appealed to the public to volunteer beneficial information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of the recent attack.

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