Gunmen Attack Locals, Kill Journalist, One Other In Nasarawa

By Danjuma Joseph Lafia

Again, unknown gunmen on Monday night caused havoc when they attacked Washo village in Nasarawa Eggon local government, 3 farmers in Nikoro village of Kokona local government area and a villager in Keana local government area, all in Nasarawa state, killing two persons.

Leadership gathered that the three farmers were severely injured that same Monday, in Ninkoro village of Kokona local government area by herdsmen.

Our correspondent also gathered that another oerson relaxing with his family in a village in Keana, was also killed that same day by unknown gunmen.

All the attacks and killings came barely weeks after the gruesome killing of two siblings, a niece and nephew of the former Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, in Gudi, the home town of Governor Abdullahi Sule of the State.

One of those killed during the attack in Washo village is Mr Benjamin Ekom, the former state treasurer of NUJ and member of the Federated chapel of NUJ, Nasarawa State chapter.

The Nasarawa State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) condemns the attack and brutal killing of its former Treasurer, Benjamin Ekom of Federated Chapel by unknown gunmen on Monday night July 3, 2020 at his residence in Washo village, Nassarawa-Eggon Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

A statement signed by Salihu Mohammed Alkali and Sunday John, Chairman and Secretary of NUJ, Nasarawa State chapter said “The entire journalists in the state also, condole with the family and friends of the deceased and pray God to forgive his shortcomings and grand him eternal rest”

Confirming the incident the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Nasarawa State Command, ASP Rahman Nansel, said the incident happened around 11:30 pm.

According to the police spokesman, the shirt of the assailants and the sheath of the cutlasses they used in their attack were recovered.

“The incident really happened at around 11:30 pm. A distress call was received yesterday that two unknown armed men, suspected to be Fulani men, they were armed with cutlasses and sticks. They attacked one Benjamin Ekom, 70-years-old, as a result he obtain injuries and he was rushed to Ola hospital where he later died” he said.

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