The insecurity in Ukum LGA of Benue State heightened over the weekend with the killing of a commander of the Benue State Livestock Guard in Tine-nune settlement of the area.
There have been massive killings of defenseless villagers and security personnel in the area in the last two months by unknown gunmen
An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity for fear of being attacked, told DAILY POST on Monday in Makurdi that the deceased, whose name he gave as Jarule Likita, Commander of Benue State Livestock Guard (BSLG) Mbatan council ward, was confirmed dead after he was shot several times in the chest by his assailants.
The eyewitness further informed DAILY POST that the yet-to-be identified gunmen attacked and killed on the spot the BSLG commander around 8:00pm on Sunday at Tine-nune settlement in Ukum LGA, adding that since then, residents have deserted the community for fear of more attacks.
The source further revealed that the assassination of the victim, Mr Likita, marked the fifth killing of BNLG commanders in the area, expressing suspicion that there might be something behind this recurring killing of livestock guards which may only known to members of the BNLG and the criminals.
Meanwhile, efforts by DAILY POST to confirm the killing from the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, of the Benue command, SP Sewuese Anene at the time of filing this report failed as she could not pick or return her calls.
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