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Gunmen Kill 3 People And Injure One Journalist In Benue State

Bernard Femi

Some unidentified gunmen, on Monday, killed three people and injured one journalist along Katsina-Ala-Ugbema road in the Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.

According to a reliable source, the journalist who is also the Benue State correspondent of ‘Business Day’ newspaper, Benjamin Agesan, was travelling in a vehicle alongside the deceased three when the gunmen opened fire on them.

Also, a close colleague of the injured journalist, Jerry Iorngaem, narrated that the incident happened five kilometres away from Katsina-Ala main town.

Lorngaem said that the journalist who was returning to Makurdi from Katsina-Ala had initially boarded a commercial bus, but when he spotted some acquaintances also travelling in another vehicle, he decided to join them as he felt it would be more interesting.

He then added that unknown to the journalist, some of the occupants of the vehicle he boarded were local tax collectors carrying huge sums of money and were being trailed by the gunmen.

Lorngaem further narrated that the gunmen who were trailing behind a few minutes after the vehicle heading towards Makurdi took off, opened fire incessantly on the occupants of the vehicle, killing three persons on the spot and carting away money in their possession.

He also revealed that the journalist had sustained severe gun wounds and was already receiving medical attention.