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Gunmen kill vigilante member, four others in Benue community

A vigilante member and four others have been reportedly killed by armed men suspected to be loyalists of the late militia leader, Terwase Agwaza alias Gana, in a bar at Pevya community in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue  State.

It was gathered that the armed men tailed the vigilante member and other victims to the bar where they gunned them down, injuring several others as well. 

According to a source in the area who spoke on condition of anonymity, the attack which happened on Wednesday evening created pandemonium in the community as people scampered and fled their homes for fear of being killed.

According to him, “there was an incident at pevya community which borders Taraba state in Katsina Ala Local Government Area. A vigilante memeber in the community, whose name was Oliver and four others were shot by local bandits at a drinking spot. 

“We leant that the man had been a target of the bandits for  sometime now because they believed that he was an informant to security personnel in the area. 

“So on Wednesday which happened to be a market day some of the local bandits numbering five who were  said to be members of Terwase Akwaza gang came in a tinted vehicle to a joint where he was with other people. 

“On sighting him they opened fire on him and others. They killing him and four others. Several people were also injured in the attack and they are receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital. 

“The attack created pandemonium in the community and as we speak people have fled their homes to neighbouring communities for fear of being killed.” 

Contacted, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent, SP Catherine Anene who confirmed the attack said she was yet to receive details of what happened.

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