The police in Benue have said they are searching for four officers following an attack on a patrol team in Logo Local Government Area on Saturday afternoon by suspected herdsmen.
Benue State police commissioner Fatai Owoseni revealed this in a press statement.
He said the men were returning from a confidence-building mission in remote villages when suspected herdsmen opened fire on them in Tse Akpam village, near Azege town.
“We had had an encounter around Azege when a team of mobile police went on confidence patrol,” said police commissioner Fatai Owoseni. “When they were coming back at a point in Azege, they started hearing gunfire from inside the bush suspected to be from the herdsmen.There was a serious exchange of gunfire.”
According to Owoseni, the attackers burnt a police van and four officers could not be found as at 7:20 p.m. Saturday.
“One of our vehicles was set ablaze. So far, on their side, we’re still trying to ascertain casualties; while we’re yet to see four of our men.”
The CP disclosed that more police officers have been sent to the areas to help find the missing officers.
This comes hours after three persons were killed in separate attacks on villages in the same local government area on Thursday.