The Nigerian Army on Thursday night said that its troops in Benue State came under heavy attack while on routine operational task, leading to the death of one officer and 10 soldiers.
A press statement by Army spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Yerima, said the troops were initially declared missing prompting the deployment of a joint search and rescue team.
“The search and rescue team unfortunately found all the missing troops dead in Konshisha Local Goverment Area of Benue State.
“While the bodies of the slain troops were evacuated immediately, efforts are ongoing to track down the perpetrators of this heinous crime with a view to bringing them to justice,” the Army said.
Yerima gave assurance that the army was determined to ensure that the unprovoked attack did not disrupt the general peace being enjoyed by the local inhabitants.
According to him, the Chief of Army Staff has therefore directed commanders on the ground to ensure sustained efforts to fish out and deal decisively with these bad elements who are threatening the peace in the area.
“It may be recalled that Benue which was a hot bed for violent clashes has been enjoying relative peace following the successes achieved by the various security agencies who have been working tirelessly to safeguard law abiding citizens and ensure they go about their legitimate business without fear of harassment by criminals.
“The Nigerian army appeal to the public to volunteer useful information that will lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of this dastardly act,” he said.