Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Christmas Tragedy: Gunmen Kill 3 In Ado LG

Gunmen suspected to be hoodlums on Christmas eve killed three people in Utonkon community of Ado Local Government Area of Benue State.

The incident happened barely 13-hours after suspected herders killed two persons in Odonto village in Akpa district of neighbouring Otukpo local government area.

Locals however blamed the Utonkon attack on miscreants bent on disrupting the Sunday evening peace at a time when government officials were distributing gift items to the people.

It was also gathered that some of the villagers were busy sharing meats just slaughtered by their different cooperatives societies in preparation for yesterday's Christmas when the dare devils struck and shattered their joy of celebration.

The Chairman of Ado LGA, Blessing Unogwu, said protocol officers from her council were distributing gift items to the stakeholders in the area when the armed men came on bikes and began to shoot sporadically.

Unogwu posited that there were no previous problem on ground in the community to the best of her knowledge to warrant the attack, stressing that everyone was going about their normal businesses when suddenly, hoodlums invaded the place.

The chairman added that the police attention was immediately drawn to the troubled community and one of the attackers was apprehended with a pistol while the others as she was told escaped.

Our correspondent at the time of this report learnt that residents were deserting Utonkon village for fear that the gunmen may return for another pound of flesh following the arrest of one of them.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Moses Joel Yamu, confirmed that two people lost their lives while five others who sustained serious injuries are receiving treatment at the General hospital in Otukpo.

Yamu explained that the attack was carried out by yet-to- be identified gunmen who stormed the village on motorbikes, adding that, investigation into the matter had commenced to determine the actual cause of the incident.

He however said there might likely be a connection of the Utonkon attack to that of the Odonto village where two people were earlier killed on Sunday morning but that the attackers might not be the same people.

The PPRO added that one suspect had been arrested with a short gun and cartridges in connection with the incident even as he maintained that more police men have been drafted to the area to ensure safety of lives and property.

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