Two officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), have been found dead in Benue state following a gun battle with armed attackers suspected to be herdsmen.
NSCDC spokesperson, Emmanuel Okeh, told Premium Times on Monday evening, February 12, that, “They were in a gun duel with the herders and, unfortunately, we lost two.”
The attack which occurred in Guma Local Government Area of the state claimed the lives of four NSCDC officers.
Okeh, however, said he could only confirm two.
The remains of the officers have been taken to the Benue state Teaching Hospital in Makurdi, the state capital, he added.
The news came hours after the police confirmed the killing of one of their officers in the neighbouring Logo Local Government Area on Monday morning. The officer was amongst the four mobile policemen that went missing in an ambush by suspected herdsmen on Saturday afternoon.
Both Logo and Guma LGAs were attacked on January 1 during which more than a hundred villagers were killed.
Seventy-two bodies were buried in a mass grave near Makurdi by the state government on January 12.