From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
Two persons were at the weekend killed in Otukpo local government area of Benue state as a policeman was alleged to have shot into the crowd during a music carnival.
Sources in Otukpo told our correspondent that the music carnival happened at Ochacho Avenue in Otukpo where the popular musician, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido was billed to perform.
One of the sources told our correspondent on the phone that the unfortunate incident took place at the palatial residence of a young millionaire in the ancient town.
According to the source, who pleaded anonymity, the event had hardly taken off around 11:00pm when he heard gun shots fired by one of the policemen believed to be on duty at the event.
“The gun shot triggered a stampede which made me to run out of the venue for safety.
“In the process of running, I saw two persons in the pool of their blood; a male and a female.
“Several other people also scampered for safety as they struggl ed hard to identify the location of their vehicles.
“Several onlookers stood aloof at the rail crossing and at You Road as well as Ibadan street in utter surprise.
Confirming the incident, the Council Chairman George Alli said that a young lady and young man died in the incident.
He said that the organizer of the music carnival flouted federal and state government’s directive banning social gathering due to second wave of COVID-19.
Ali said, “it is true there was an incident and two people died, a young lady and young man died, their corpses have been deposited in the hospital morgue.
“I have spoken to the Area Commander and the Division Police Officer they are investigating the incident, the gathering in the first place is not proper because federal government has directed that there should be no social gathering and it was followed by State government, there should be compliance to the directives.
When asked what punishment will be meted to the organizer of the music carnival, the chairman said that he is already putting together his report which would be forwarded to the appropriate quarters for necessary action.
Meanwhile, when contacted, the State Command spokesperson, DSP, Catherine Anene declined that police did not kill anybody in Otukpo.
In another vein, two persons were reportedly gunned down in Naka-West local government of Benue State during a gun duel by rival cult groups.
A source said the incident happened on Boxing Day in two different locations of the area with two other victims said to have been seriously injured
The names of the victims are Terkimbir Tsekar 17 years and Kenneth Nyiekura 20 years who are said to be receiving treatment at an unknown hospital in Naka.