A police officer and an Army Lance Corporal were, yesterday, ambushed and killed by gunmen near Zaki Biam in Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.
Vanguard learned that they were members of Benue State Special Anti-Robbery Squad code-named Operation Zenda, who were on routine assignment in the area.
According to sources, the deceased were killed while on their way to a crime scene after receiving a distress call, but were ambushed by a gang of armed men, who opened fire on their vehicle.
Confirming their deaths, Police Public Relations Officer, Austine Ezeani, said: “The police Sergeant was attached to 13 Mopol Unit, Makurdi, while the soldier was from the 72 Special Battalion, Makurdi.
“They were killed around 6a.m. at Alibiam village in Ukum council in an ambush by suspected robbers, while on routine duty.
“They were part of the team that responded to a distress call by robbery victims in the area.”
Ezeani said Police were already on the trail of the armed men, assuring that the masterminds of the killing would be apprehended.