Ten civilian JTF neutralized by unknown gunmen

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.

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“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.”

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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.

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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.