Two gunmen feared killed in attack on Benue official
TWO gunmen met their Waterloo yesterday during an attack on the convoy of officials of the Benue State Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and some traditional rulers, who were on their way from Katsina-Ala town to Vandeikya LGA for the selection process of first class chiefs in the state.
The Guardian learnt from eyewitnesses that the traditional rulers and the Bureau officials were in a convoy when the gunmen suddenly opened fire on them.
But, it was gathered that the policemen on the convoy exchanged gunfire with the gunmen, killing one of the gunmen on the spot while the another member of the gang who sustained injury later died at a hospital.
Confirming the attack on the traditional rulers and the death of the gunmen, the State Police Commissioner Hyacinth Dagala said another gunmen was arrested in the process.
Sources available to The Guardian revealed that the traditional rulers were going to Vandeikya to conduct the already controversial selection of 10 first class chiefs in the state and the selection exercise, which it was gathered went on hitch-free.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by the secretary to the Tiv Area Traditional Council, Mr. Torsaa Shinyi, said the decision to unanimously appoint those chiefs was affirmed by the traditional rulers in their domain; stressing that the selection and the appointment was based on the new traditional and Chieftaincy law recently passed by the state house of assembly and assented to by the governor. Those selected and appointed include Tor Sankara, Chief Terkura Suswam, Tor Gwer, Chief Godwin Ikerever, Tor Lobi, chief Moses Anageende and Tor Kwande, chief Ambrose Iyorter.
Others are; Tor Jechira, Tergem Ugande and Tor Jemgba, chief Afatyo Ajoko. The Guardian recalls that the Governor-elect, Dr. Samuel Ortom had criticised the proposed installation of 10 first class chiefs in the state and advised governor Suswam to put the exercise on hold due to poor financial situation of the state.