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Suspected Terrorists Kill 2 Persons In Benue, North-central Nigeria

The attack happened days after a four year-old boy abducted by Bonta boys was released ‘in good faith.’

Terrorists on Tuesday killed two persons in Ochoro community of Gwer Local government Area of Benue State, North-central Nigeria.

The deceased, Emmanuel Aleje, a pastor of the Methodist Church Nigeria, and Ijuo Ijoko, his Personal Assistant, were reported to have been ambushed and killed on Tuesday, Aug. 17 by an armed gang believed to be members of the notorious Bonta Boys. 

The attack came just eight days after Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue State offered scholarship to a kidnapped minor, Moses Eje, who was abducted by the Bonta Boys alongside 12 others. 

After his rescue, Governor Ortom had promised that peace would be restored to the Ochoro community.

According to Ogewu Sunday, a relative of the victims, the armed gang had around 5 a.m. laid an ambush on Ochoro road where the clergyman and his assistant were going to pass to attend a meeting. 

He alleged that despite the release of the four-year-old boy by the Bonta Boys, which many thought was done in good faith, the notorious group had an ulterior motive.

“The release of Moses Ejeh by Bonta Boys was a trick to deceive the state government.  My uncle, Emmanuel Aleje was a good man and he fell victim to the trick. Now it’s clear the attack is not over,”  Sunday said. 

“The insurgency has gotten out of hand, the state government has refused to act  fast to address the insurgency.”

Catherine Anene, Police spokesperson in Benue State was not immediately available for comments on the incident when contacted by HumAngle. Calls and messages to her mobile phone were not answered or replied. 

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