Gunmen rob travellers at police checkpoint in Benue State

A victim of armed robbery, Terna Amos, on Wednesday, recounted how he and other passengers of a vehicle heading to Makurdi from Otukpo, both in Benue State were attacked by suspected armed robbers in Adaka, a suburb of the state capital, on Tuesday.

Amos, who is the Benue State correspondent of the National Record newspaper, told journalists in Makurdi that the suspects also raped two female passengers.

The incident, according to him, occurred around 9pm on Tuesday along the Naka-Makurdi Road, a few kilometres from Makurdi.

Amos said he and other passengers had boarded the vehicle from Otukpo to Makurdi and ran into a roadblock mounted by the suspected armed robbers.

He said, “The incident happened close to a police checkpoint near Adaka when some men numbering about 10 forced our vehicle to stop.

“The robbers collected our phones and other valuables and asked us to lie face down while some of them took two female passengers into the nearby bush and raped them.

“We were hearing as the female passengers were begging the suspected robbers to spare them and were later screaming.”

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Amos, who said the operation lasted for about an hour, regretted that there was no intervention by security operatives.

As of the time of filing this report, he said he was yet to report the incident to the police.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, said she was yet to get the report of the robbery.

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