It was a bloody Eid-el-Fitri galore in Benue State, following the murdering of at least 20 people in Katsina/Ala local government.
Information gathered shows that a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stalwart and an elder statesman, Chief Atoza Ihindan were among those killed.
Ihindan, who was a Second Republic lawmaker, was gunned down on Friday morning in Katsina/Ala town by some unidentified persons, while inspecting ongoing work on the perimeter fence he was constructing round his piece of land.
An eyewitness, who spoke on anonymity said, “the three armed men riding on a motorbike, waylaid Chief Ihindan at his construction site in Katsina/Ala town on Friday morning around 10am.
“They stormed the place in a commando style, though, the old man had with him, his aide and a police escort who after noticing the armed men, made desperate effort to defend Chief Ihinda, but he was overpowered by the well armed men who had superior fire power.
“They succeeded in killing the old man after shooting his police escort who was seriously injured and in critical condition at a public hospital in Katsina/Ala at the moment.
“After successfully executing their assignment, the gang fled. The suspicion is that it was the same gang that raided a beer parlor at a market square in Tor Donga, last night, where 12 persons including a woman, who was the attendant and her one year old baby were killed on the spot.
“After raiding and killing their victims at the drinking spot, the gang sped off on their motorbike and continued shooting indiscriminately at any person they came across. This led to the killing of another seven persons, including a teacher in one of the local schools in the community”.