Three government officials were killed by gunmen on Christmas Eve attacked Utonkon community in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State, killed three persons and left five others injured.
Many were also declared missing as a result of the attack which happened as the local government chairman was distributing Christmas gifts to politicians and others in the area.
The Benue State Police command confirmed the attack in the area and disclosed that three persons died and five were seriously injured in the attack.
Also confirming the incident, the Chairman of Ado Local Government Council, Mrs. Blessing Unogwu, stated that the local government protocol officer and four other staff ran into them but escaped unhurt.
“The incident occurred at a time that my protocol officer and four other persons were in the community with some goats given to me by His Excellency, Benue state governor to distribute to stakeholders in the area. They were distributing the items when the armed men came on bikes and began to shoot sporadically.
“There was no problem on ground in the community. Everybody was going about their normal business when suddenly hoodlums came with this deadly act.
“While the shooting was going on, the protocol officer immediately called me and l quickly draw the attention of the Divisional Police Officer, who mobilised his men and we rushed to the area but before we got there, the invaders had all escaped.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Yamu, confirmed the incident and said three deaths were recorded during the attack while five others who sustained injuries had been taken to the General Hospital at Otukpo for treatment.
Yamu said, “The information at my disposal indicated that the attack was carried out by two yet-to-be identified gunmen who stormed the village on motorbikes. But investigation into the matter has commenced. We have drafted more police to the area.”
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )