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Two Killed During Christmas Carnival In Benue

A Christmas carnival in Benue State’s Otukpo Local Government Area turned bloody, with two people reportedly killed.

The deceased died after a police officer allegedly fired into the crowd at a music festival organized by a young millionaire and featuring Davido as a headliner.

Around 11 p.m., sounds of gunshots reverberated throughout the premises, sending people scrambling for safety, according to Freshreporters News. It was later discovered that the shots may have been fired by a police officer who was on duty.

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A young lady and a young man died in the incident, according to Council Chairman of Otukpo Local Government, George Alli, who confirmed the report.

He claimed that the music carnival’s organizers disobeyed a federal and state government directive prohibiting social gatherings as a result of COVID-19’s second wave.

An eyewitness said:-

“The gunshots triggered a stampede which caused all of us to run out of the venue for safety. In the process of running, I saw two persons in the pool of their blood; a male and a female.

“The sound of gunshots made me run towards the gate in fear as I did not know what was happening.

“Several other people also took to their heels; although it was not easy for most people to identify the location of their vehicles.

“Several onlookers stood aloof at the rail crossing and at You Road and Ibadan street in utter surprise.”

Alli said:-

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“Yes, is true there was an incident and two people died; a young lady and a young man died. Their corpses have been deposited in the hospital morgue.

“I have spoken to the Area Commander and the Division Police Officer and they are investigating the incident. The gathering in the first place is not proper because the federal government has directed that there should be no social gathering and it was followed by the State government. There should be compliance with the directives.”

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