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BREAKING: Policemen, lecturer, others killed in fresh Benue attacks

No fewer than five people, including two policemen, a university lecturer and two others have been killed in separate attacks on two Local Government Areas in Benue State.

The two policemen were reportedly killed in Yelewata of Guma LGA, a border town between Benue and Nasarawa states, while the three others were gunned down at Jootar in Ukum LGA, a border community between Benue and Taraba states.

According to Daily Trust, a villager via telephone on Friday morning said that the policemen were shot and killed while their guns were carted away at about 10pm on Thursday.

A witness said the Jootar killings involved three friends whose names were listed as, Fred Akaayar, a lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication at the Federal University, Wukari in Taraba State; Aondo Ayange Apever and Shiaondo Kachina.

The witness narrated that the three friends were unwinding at a relaxation centre in Jootar when some yet-to-be ascertained gunmen who rode on a motorcycle shot at them.

The witness also said the other people at the centre were scuttled to safety in the incident which happened at 7pm on Thursday.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Catherine Anene, said she could only confirm the Guma incident, Daily Trust reports.

“I received information about two policemen killed in an operation but I am yet to receive details please,” the PPRO stated in a text message.

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