Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State yesterday gave the people of Agatu 72 hours to produce those of their ‘boys’ who killed one of the soldiers deployed to the area for peace keeping.
Some youths in Agatu local government area on Saturday allegedly killed a soldier and wounded two others drafted from the 72 Battalion in Makurdi to keep vigilance in the area.
Ortom told newsmen during an interview in Makurdi that the incident which took place at Olegadakolo near Egba in Agatu on Saturday was highly regrettable.
“The action is condemnable, I apologize,” he said.
Meanwhile the Commander, 707 Special Forces Brigade, Brig. Gen. Clement Apere at a press conference in Makurdi, said the body of the soldier was recovered alongside another wounded soldier during a cordon and search operation conducted by troops to apprehend the militias.
The Brigade Commander displayed arms and ammunition as well as military equipment and uniforms allegedly recovered from Ekpele, Enungba and Olegadakolo communities of Agatu during the operations.
He described the killing of the soldier as highly condemnable, stressing that the military would not rest on its oars until all those fingered in the act were apprehended.