Ten members of the Civilian Joint Task Force, CJTF, have been gunned down by unknown men at Abaji in Katsina-Ala LGA in Benue State.
Newsmen gathered that the attack also left two members of the task force with life-threatening injuries.
The state chairman of the CJTF, Alhaji Aliu Teshaku, said the victims were holding their routine weekly meeting when they were attacked.
Tseshaku said: “The information I received was that our members were in a meeting today (Sunday).
“Three armed men on a motorbike suddenly stormed the venue and opened fire on the unarmed CJTF members.
“The armed men were all dressed in Mobile Police uniforms.
“The attack resulted in the [neutralization] of 10 of them on the spot, while two others were left with serious bullet injuries.”
Lamenting the incidence, Teshaku said the CJTF had been in a running battle with a traditional ruler in the area.
Teshaku said the ruler had been threatening members of the task force to leave the area.
He noted that “a few days ago, I reported the matter to the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security and just today (yesterday) this happened.”
When contacted, the State Command Public Relations Officer, Moses Yamu, corroborated the account of the CJTF Chairman.
Yamu, however, said nine members of the task force were [neutralized] on the spot.
He also said others sustained injuries, adding that the bodies had been deposited at the General Hospital mortuary at Katsina-Ala.
He said the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bashir Makama, had drafted more personnel to the area to forestall further attacks
The police officer said investigations into the matter had commenced.