The Police in Benue have confirmed the killing of two chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party at Gbinde village in Ushongo Local Government Area of the state by gunmen.
The police spokesperson, Austin Ezeani, said on Thursday in Makurdi that the deceased, Agbatse Tarkighir and Degeh Ayaahemba, were PDP leaders at council level.
Mr. Ezeani said the victims were traveling from Katsina-Ala to Adikpo on Wednesday evening when another vehicle overtook the bus conveying them suddenly opened fire on them and killed the two.
He said two other passengers in the bus, who sustained various degrees of injuries, were receiving treatment at a hospital at Ushongo, while the corpses had been deposited at the general hospital, Adikpo in Kwande Local Government Area.
Mr. Ezeani said the motive of the killing was yet to be established, but assured that the police would not rest until the culprits were brought to book.
He appealed to the public to desist from all acts of criminality, especially the killing of innocent people.
“I appeal to you not to take delight in killing your fellow human beings, even if the police do not get you, remember that you will never escape the wrath of God,” he said. “Remember the commandments of God, especially now that you approach the elections.
“Assist the police to apprehend criminals; those people who commit those atrocities are not spirits, they leave in your vicinities and dwell amongst you, so help us to protect you.”