Police have arrested four suspects in connection with the attack at Igama village, Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State.
The suspected herders invaded the Igama community in the early hours of Sunday and killed 15 people and burned down all the houses in the community.
A statement issued by the State Command spokesperson, Catherine Anene, said that one of the arrested ‘unknown gunmen’ died as a result of an injury he sustained while they engaged security operatives who stormed their hideouts.
The statement read in part, “Police teams deployed to the area in collaboration with other security agents have been on cordon and search operations within the forest.
“On 15/6/2022 at about 0500hrs, the attackers who were trapped in the bush engaged the police in a gun duel that led to the arrest of the following suspects in their hideout; Umar Nuhu, Dauda Alhaji, Musa Dako and Umaru Alhaji Sale.
“One of the suspects by name Musa Dako sustained injuries and was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Okpoga for treatment where he eventually gave up the ghost and the corpse was deposited at the same hospital.
“Three other suspects are in custody for further investigation.”
The statement urged members of the Igama community to remain calm and provide useful information to the police for necessary action.