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Benue LG officials, others to assist in hunt for soldiers’ killers

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Benue State Government has handed four persons over to security operatives to assist in unravelling those linked with the killing of 12 soldiers in Bonta, Konshisha Local Council of Benue.

Those handed over included the Vice Chairman of Konshisha, Sam Kaave; Councillor representing Mbagusa/ Mbatsev Ward, Solomon Tersoo; Head of Mbator Kindred, Chief Emmanuel Achirgbenda; and Head of Iwarnyam District, Chief Unaha Koko.

The security men took them away from the Government House, Makurdi, after a security meeting with the people of Konshisha.

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Briefing journalists at the Government House after the Benue State Security Council meeting, Governor Samuel Ortom disclosed that the meeting mandated him to lead a delegation of some stakeholders to Abuja to condole with President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff over the killing of 12 soldiers in the state.

The governor further intimated that nine weapons collected from the slain soldiers had been recovered, stressing that effort is on to recover the remaining three.

Ortom commended the Nigerian military for cooperating with the state government to allow them handle the situation.

According to the governor, the security council also agreed to meet with executive council members to consider ways of bringing succour to families of the killed soldiers.

On the humanitarian situation in Konshisha, Ortom said the council agreed to visit the area to assess the level of damage caused by soldiers while searching for their missing colleagues.

The governor further said he had directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to visit the area and take statistics of those affected, so that relief materials would be provided to them.

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