Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue has voiced his condemnation of the heinous attack on Akpuuna village in Mbaterem, Ukum Local Government Area, and expressed solidarity with the affected community.
Mr. Tersoo Kula, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Hyacinth Alia of Benue, issued a statement on Sunday in Makurdi, relaying the governor’s displeasure toward the unprovoked attack on Akpuuna village in Mbaterem, Ukum Local Government Area.
As contained in the statement, there was a significant loss of lives when armed hoodlums attacked the community on Saturday, as stated by the governor’s office.
Governor Alia’s response to the news of the attack was characterized by shock and sadness, as stated in the statement, with the governor expressing his heartfelt condolences to the families of the innocent victims who lost their lives in the senseless act of violence.
The governor expressed absolute dissatisfaction with what he deemed a heinous crime and a serious offense against both humanity and divine principles.
‘The governor sends his words of condolence to those who lost their loved ones in the attack and prays God to comfort them.’
‘Alia calls for calm and advises the people of Sankera to assist security agencies with useful information that could help tackle insecurity in the area,’ the statement partly reads.
Alia, as mentioned in the statement, called on security agencies to diligently pursue and apprehend the individuals responsible for the heinous act, ensuring they are brought to justice.
Residents’ testimonies corroborate the earlier reports that the attack occurred on Saturday morning.
On Saturday, residents disclosed that they had managed to recover 24 bodies of victims who were attacked before the assailants escaped.
The attack’s exact trigger remains undisclosed, and as of now, no organization has assumed responsibility for the assault.
The incessant attacks have shown no signs of abating, despite the deployment of security forces, including soldiers, in the states of concern, and the subsequent change in government following the victory of opposition parties in the March governorship elections.