Friends of the late soldier who penned down tributes to him on social media, added that the Fulani herdsmen also chopped off his penis after killing him. Itz Mhista Thompson wrote;
“We where all happy when they posted you to Benue state, instead of the north 2years ago. little did we know that this Benue state will cause the fullani headsmen to rain fire on you and your cutting your private part. my friend I still can’t believe this news since yesterday I still can’t believe after the celebrating on your pop 2years back I will be writing this so soon. may your soul rest in peace nwa 042
This report is coming few days after it was reported that two soldiers attached to the Operation Whirl Stroke, a military spike operation to stem herdsmen killings in Benue State were shot dead by suspected militant herdsmen, in an ambush along Bakin-Korta, Mbadwem Council Ward of Guma local government area of Benue State and Keana in Nasarawa State.
The attack also left the Unit Commander of the troops and another with serious injuries, while their operational truck was riddled with bullets. Confirming the development, Guma local government council Chairman, Anthony Shawon said the incident occurred at about 5am.
In his account, Mr. Sharon said: “The herdsmen came yesterday (Monday) and dug trenches around a new bridge Governor Samuel Ortom administration built at Bakin-Korta linking Keana in Nasarawa State.
“I gathered they came in their numbers and dug the trenches on both sides of the bridge so that the army would not have easy access to the area in the event of an attack on Guma.
“When the soldiers got wind of the development, they mobilized the community to fill up the trenches. The people of the community in my local government went and filled it up.
“At about 5am today (Yesterday) the soldiers also moved to Keana to find out those who carried out the act and why. After passing a Police check point on their way to Ruga a Fulani camp, somehow the herdsmen probably heard of their coming and laid ambush for the soldiers.”