The Benue State Police Command on Monday confirmed the killing of 13 villagers by unknown gunmen in Edikwu community, Apa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
Catherine Anene, a deputy superintendent of police and Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, confirmed the incident in a statement in Makurdi, the state capital.
Mrs Anene said the district had overtime experienced incessant crisis over chieftaincy tussle until the state government intervened and peace returned in the community.
She said the attackers remained unknown while investigation had already commenced into the matter.
“Edikwu district, Ukpogbo, in Apa LGA was experiencing incessant crises over chieftaincy affairs until May 25 when the Benue government convened a peace meeting headed by the Deputy Governor, Mr Benson Abounu to put an end to the rancour.
“Peace was restored to the area but on Aug. 10, at about 04:00hrs, information was received that about 20 armed men invaded the community and shot sporadically at members of the community.
“A team of police officers were deployed to the scene where 13 corpses were recovered. Investigation is still in progress,” she said.
A resident of the community who preferred anonymity told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the attack on the Edikwu community was unprovoked.
“The unknown gunmen stormed the community at the early hours of today, shooting sporadically and burning down houses, leaving many people dead while others are still missing.”