A 25-year-old man, Oloche (surname withheld), has been brutally murdered by some unknown gunmen in Ogobia Ugboju, Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State.
Oloche was reportedly killed on Sunday while still receiving treatment in a local hospital following an earlier attack on him.
Oloche, who is alleged to be a member of a notorious fraternity in the community, met his untimely death just few days after his release from prison custody.
Daily Post quoted an unnamed source as claiming that trouble started a few days ago between his group and a rival cult group over a girl.
According to the insider, the deceased was accused of snatching the girlfriend of a member of the rival cult group.
The source said the rival group confronted him and warned him to leave the girl alone, but fight broke out in the process and he was badly injured.
“He was rushed to an intensive care unit of Blessed Hospital in Ogobia Ugboju but the group still traced him there and shot him in the chest. He was confirmed dead by the doctors.
“Ugboju community has been in conflict for some time now and we suspect that the perpetrators of this were those who are counterparts of the deceased because while he was alive, it was rumoured that he belonged to one of the factions, which I can’t tell now. Our community has become so rotten that majority of youths you see walking about belong to one faction or the other.
“As I speak, some of them have fled the community immediately they heard that the police were on their way from Otukpo while others are have returned to their hideout within the community.”
The Benue State Police PRO, Moses Yamu reportedly confirmed the case, saying that 25 persons had been arrested in connection with the crime.
“Yes, we are on top of the situation. The young man was killed over a girl few days after returning from prison.
“The suspects are currently being investigated and would be charged to court when we are done with our findings,” the police spokesman said.
- Courtesy Daily Post