Suspected herdsmen have engaged the Nigerian police in a gun duel at Tse Orogbo in Nyiev Council Ward, Guma LGA of Benue State, killing two police officers on Sunday.
A resident told newsmen that the herdsmen had attempted to disrupt a church service before the mobile policemen foiled their attack.
The incident came 24 hours to the official visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Fatayi Owoseni, and the command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, were yet to respond to phone calls put to them as they were said to be working to firm up the security arrangements.
Meanwhile, security has been beefed up today in the state as armed security personnel were seen deployed to strategic areas in Makurdi.
Others were seen patrolling streets in armoured tanks and vehicles as part of measures to boost up security in the state.
NAN reports that patrol officers with sniffer dogs were also sighted along busy streets and highways in the state capital while a military helicopter was sighted conducting aerial surveillance.
Similarly, siren-blaring police patrol vans conveying armed security personnel decked in bullet prove vestments were seen patrolling the streets.
Mr Buhari is expected in Benue to condole with the people of the state over the deaths of local farmers killed by suspected herdsmen on January 1 in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas.
Scores of other villagers were also reported to have been killed at Okpokwu, Logo and villages in Guma since the Jan. 1 massacre.
Part of the president’s itinerary as released by the Benue Government included a courtesy call on the fifth Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, at his Makurdi residence.
According to the release, the president will have an interactive session with selected Benue indigenes and visit the IDP camp via helicopter.