JUST IN; Monarch, seven [7] other people shot dead by gunmen operating on motorcycles

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have struck yet again in a community in Benue State. According to sources, it was gathered that the gunmen killed a Traditional Ruler and 7 other persons in the deadly attack.

The attack on Tse-Ancha community in Makurdi Local Government of Benue State, took place in the night at about 11:55pm on Friday. It was learnt that the gunmen arrived the community on motorcycles, and immediately they started shooting sporadically.

Confirming the incident to newsmen, the Chairman of Makurdi Local Government Area, Anthony Dyegeh said that the gunmen killed 8 persons, including a Monarch.

He said, “the gunmen shot 7 men and one women. They died instantly from the gunshot. Their corpses have been recovered from the scene of the attack”.

He also said that 5 persons sustained serious body injuries during the course of the attack. He however, said that they were rushed to Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH) in Makurdi for treatment.

He said, “It happened around 11:55 pm and 8 people were killed and 5 injured and they have been taken to Teaching Hospital among those killed is the kindred head of the village.”

“The Kindred Head was among the people that accompanied me yesterday (Friday) to the burial of the 7 people that were killed at Abagena IDP camp. We parted around 9.00 pm only for him to be killed at five minutes to midnight alongside others, “he said.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer of Benue State Police Command, DSP Catherine Anene, when contacted confirmed the killing. She said that the Police has commenced investigation into the matter.

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