Following the attack which occurred on the 18th, October, 2018 which threw the community into chaos. The Benue State Police Command has issued a press statement to that effect.DSP. Moses Joel Yamu Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), in his report stated that the Benue State Command wish to report that at about 1100hrs of yesterday, information was received that some armed Shitile militia aka “Ghana Boys” dressed in Police Mobile Force and Special Forces uniforms were approaching Zaki Biam town through bush paths, riding on Bajaj motorcycles.
According to him,their movement was in a bid to escape the ongoing joint operation tagged “Whirl Stroke” targeted at their enclaves which forced them out, to possibly seek refuge in the town.
The DPO of Ukum Division quickly alerted and mobilized the security forces around in order to repel the militias. An intense gun duel ensued in which regrettably, one Police man who was fatally injured and his rifle taken away by the militia was rushed to the hospital alongside two yet to be identified civilians (a woman and a small boy) and were confirmed dead at the hospital. While three other persons who sustained injuries are currently receiving treatment.
3. The Commissioner of Police, CP. Ene Okon wishes to assure the general public, especially people of Ukum and environs that effort have been intensified to bring these criminal elements to justice.