A gun battle with suspected herdsmen has left two officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Benue command, dead.
The sad incident was confirmed by the spokesman of the NSCDC, Adakole Peter, who explained that the incident happened in Awange after Kasseyol village in Guma local government area, Benue.
Peter identified the deceased as Adams Godwin and Abah Patrick. He said the unfortunate incident happened around 5pm on Sunday.
“They were killed in Guma during an exchange of gunfire with herdsmen. We got some of the herdsmen too but unfortunately two of our colleagues were killed,” he told TheCable via telephone on Monday.
Guma is one of the local government areas where many people were killed on New Year’s day.
The incident happened around the time when people deserted a village in Jama’a local government area of Kaduna state over an attack by suspected herdsmen.
Four people died in that incident.
On Saturday, suspected herdsmen ambushed a police team in Benue. Four officers were declared missing afterwards.
All measures to check the clashes between farmers and herdsmen have not yielded the desired result. The army has announced a 44-day operation in the six north-central states, including Benue.