Suspected herdsmen kill one, injure many in reprisal attack in Benue, NSCDC officer killed in Ekiti


A reprisal attack by suspected herdsmen on Tse Igba Uke and Aliade villages in Gwer Local Government Area of Benue State has left one person dead and many others injured, the police have confirmed.
Asp. Moses Yamu, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the command in the state, confirmed the incident on Thursday in Makurdi.
He said the suspected herdsmen carried out the attack on Wednesday night, following an attack on their cattle by some youths of the village.
He also said the corpse of the villager killed during the incident had been deposited at the Aliade General Hospital and the injured receiving treatment in the same hospital.
Yamu also said that angry youths took to the streets,on Thursday,  following the reprisal attack on the village and barricaded Aliade Federal highway to protest the killing of one of their own.
Aliade Federal highway is a major exit route to the southern part of the country.
He, however, assured that the police personnel had been drafted to the place to quell the protest and restore normalcy.
The police spokesman, however, warned against jungle justice.
Meanwhile, the Ekiti State Police Command on Thursday confirmed the killing of Mr Sunday Afolabi, an Assistant Superintendent with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ekiti State.
Afolabi was allegedly killed by yet-to-be-identified assailants along Afao Road in the evening of Wednesday.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the state police command, Mr Alberto Adeyemi (SP), told newsmen in Ado-Ekiti that preliminary investigations had revealed that Afolabi was killed by suspected cultists.
He said that his body had been deposited at the morgue of the Ekiti State Teaching Hospital in Ado-Ekiti.
The NSCDC spokesman, Mr Tolu Afolabi, who  also confirmed the killing to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, on Thursday, said that further investigations into the incident had commenced.
He said that no stone would be left unturned to unmask the killers of the officer.
It was learned that Afolabi, who served in the Intelligence and Investigation Unit of the NSCDC, was reportedly shot in the heart.
He said, “Some yet-to-be-identified gunmen have killed one of our officers, Sunday Afolabi, an Assistant Superintendent Corps 1 (ASC1).
“He was killed along Afao Road, Ado Ekiti at about 1530 hours on Wednesday, 19th April, 2017.
“The officer was shot in the heart and his corpse has been deposited at the mortuary, while investigation continues.”
The late Afolabi hailed from Ayegbaju-Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti and married with children.


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