No fewer than five persons were shot dead on Tuesday after some gunmen opened fire on a group of revellers in a pub at Tor Donga community, in the Katsina Ala Local Government Area of Benue State.
Several others were said to have sustained gunshot injuries and were rushed to a public hospital in the area after the attack.
It was gathered that the attackers invaded the area around 9pm that fateful day on motorcycles.
The attack is coming barely three days after security agencies arrested one Emmanuel Kumator, a suspected member of the gang controlled by a wanted man, Terwase Akwaza, alias Ghana in the area.
A source said, “The incident happened around 9pm while people were drinking at the beer parlour.
“The gunmen entered the town on motorcycles and headed straight for the popular drinking joint. Suddenly, we heard sporadic gunshots.
“People scampered for safety, but by the time the dust settled, I saw many people on the floor. I saw at least five persons who were dead; the sight triggered cries from people around. Some youths helped the injured ones to a hospital in Katsina Ala.”
The sole administrator of Katsina Ala, Vera Akwua, condemned the attack, which he described as unwarranted.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Moses Yamu, while confirming the incident, said only three persons were killed.