Troops of the Operation Whirl Stroke on Tuesday, reportedly engaged suspected armed militia herdsmen in a fierce gun battle at Gyungwu Amua Village in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State, killing two and injuring one.
Our correspondent gathered from one of the locals that the armed herdsmen had stormed the village from Nasarawa State to launch an attack on the community when the troops were informed and decided to lay an ambush for the marauders.
Another source who gave his name as Hedejume Abur told our correspondent on phone that the armed herdsmen numbering about seven (7), were sighted in Gyungwu Amua Village at about 7:30 pm yesterday (Tuesday), planning to attack the village when a distress call was put across to the troops of OPWS.
Abur said, “Immediately we sighted the armed herdsmen, we quickly alerted the troops who swiftly responded and went towards their direction to lay an ambush for them.
“The armed herders, unfortunately, ran into the troops. Without a waste of time, the herders opened fire on the troops and the troops responded with superior firepower.
“After a heavy exchange of gunfire, the troops dislodged the armed herdsmen, killing two and injuring one of them.
“l saw their dead bodies because the army brought them back into the village with the AK 47 riffle and 20 round of ammunition.
“I want to really commend OPWS troops in Benue State for the effort they are putting in place to ensure that the security situation in Guma Local Government Area of the state is brought under control. I must say they have done so much for us in Benue.”
Another villager Terfa Unande who also spoke with our correspondent on phone disclosed that two members of the community were injured during the exchange of gunfire between the military troops and the armed herders in the area.
According to him, while one person sustained a severe injury, the second person got a minor injury, adding that both of them are receiving treatment at a private hospital in the area.
When contacted, the Force Commander of OPWS, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, said he could not comment on the Guma attack and referred journalists to the Defense Head Quarters Information Department.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Catherine Anene, when contacted said she was yet to receive any report of attack from the Guma axis.