A Nigerian soldier attached to the Joint Border Patrol Team (JBPT), Cpl Ebu Gambo was on Wednesday killed by security operatives from the Benin Republic.
A policeman identified as Inspector Olaniyi Akintunde was also shot by the security operatives who stormed Kabo, a border community in the Baruten Local Government Area of Kwara State.
The officers were allegedly attacked by the Benin Republic counterparts after intercepting four motorcycles conveying bags of foreign parboiled rice.
A police signal exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters on Thursday night also confirmed the incident.
The signal read, “GRATEFUL BE INFORMED THAT X ON 25th MAY 2022 AT ABOUT 1130HRS X A TEAM OF OPERATIVES OF JOINT BORDER PATROL TEAM E OKUTA X WHILE ON PATROL LED BY LT A.O YUSUF (NA) ALONG KENU-KABO ROAD IN BARUTEN LGA OF KWARA STATE WERE ATTACKED BY SECURITY OPERATIVES FROM BENIN REPUBLIC AFTER INTERCEPTING X FOUR MOTORCYCLES CONVEYING BAGS OF FOREIGN PARBOILED RICE X TWO (2) OPERATIVES NAMELY INSPECTOR OLANIYI AKINTUNDE AND X CPL EBU GAMBO (NA) X SUSTAINED GUNSHOT.
“HOWEVER CPL EBU GAMBO DIED ON THE SPOT X HIS BODY HAS BEEN RECOVERED AND WAS TAKEN TO OKUTA.”
The signal added that Inspector Akintunde was receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in the state.
In June 2021, a Nigerian activist, Kunle Garb, was arrested at Igbokofi market in Yewa-North Local Government Area of Ogun State by Benin Republic police.
He was arrested allegedly for resisting Benin Republic’s encroachment on the Nigerian land through the Igbokofi village.