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TWO PDP CHIEFTAINS ASSASINATED IN BENUE
The Benue State Police Command has confirmed the killing of two chieftains of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, at Gbinde village in Ushongo local government area of the state.
Confirming the report to journalists in Makurdi on Thursday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Austin Ezeani, stated that the deceased, Agbatse Tarkighir and Degeh Ayaahemba, who were PDP leaders at council level, were traveling from Katsina-Ala to Adikpo on Wednesday evening when another vehicle overtook the bus conveying them and gunmen suddenly opened fire on them, thereby killing the duo.
According to Ezeani, two other passengers in the bus, who sustained various degrees of injuries, were receiving treatment at a hospital at Ushongo, while the corpses had been deposited at the general hospital, Adikpo in Kwande local government area.
The spokesman stated that the motive of the killing had yet to be established, but assured that the police would not rest until the culprits were brought to book.
He appealed to the people to desist from all acts of criminality, especially the killing of innocent people.
“I appeal to you not to take delight in killing your fellow human beings, even if the police do not get you, remember that you will never escape the wrath of God. Remember the commandments of God, especially now that you approach the elections.
Ezeani also appealed to assist the police to apprehend criminals, noting that “those people who commit those atrocities are not spirits, they leave in your vicinities and dwell amongst you.”