Yemi Adedeji, Abuja
After a week of deadly attacks that had left scores killed in Benue State, including about 45 people on Wednesday alone, gunmen on Sunday night opened fire on policemen in Benue killing one police officer, while 11 others are missing.
No fewer than 15 police officers have been killed in Benue alone this year, in a wave of attacks whose perpetrators are becoming increasingly difficult to ascertain.
While residents across the north-central where the attacks are more pronounced insist the killers are herdsmen, President Muhammadu Buhari insists the tactics of the culprits made it difficult to categorise them as herdsmen.
According to locals, the slain officer was riding with his colleague from Anyibe to Ayilamo, both in Logo Local Government Area, when gunmen cornered them around 6:00 p.m.
It was gathered that some officers who responded to the attack tried to go after the killers, only to run into a waiting ambush.
A resident of Logo LGA said “eleven officers are missing this night. These killers should be immediately declared a terrorist group now.”
It was gathered that the remains of the officer had been deposited at a local government hospital in Ayilamo.