Traditional ruler, L.G chairman flee as attackers disrupt burial in Benue community

Gov. Samuel Otorm of Benue State

Halfway into the ceremony, youths  with guns, cutlasses and club stormed the venue and shot at mourners .

It was not clear if they got their target.

Many dignitaries , including the traditional ruler  of Buruku Local government council Chief Moses Hangeior, who attended the funeral fled for their lives . The traditional ruler was smuggled  away be his security aides.

The gunmen stormed the funeral venue at about 8;30pm when funeral rites were going on and shot sporadically into the air to scale away mourners.

The burial  was the funeral of Late  Engr. Ayol  Vehe, a respected local Government engineer who served as Head of Department ( HOD) works in three local Government areas namely Gboko, Vandeikya and Buruku LGAs.

Before his demise, he was transferred to Katsina Ala local government as  Head of Buildings .

The Nation gathered that the deceased had two wives and it was one of his children that mobilized his friends to disrupts the burial.

Youths however mobilized and arrested a member of the gun men and handed him over to Police  in Abwa.

There was however disagreement among the families as some elders mounted pressure on the police officer in Abwa to released the suspecting saying its a family matter .

Gboko Area police command told The Nation that he was yet to get the report.



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