Monday, 06 November 2023 04:50

22 killed in rival gang gunfights in Benue

Rate this item
(0 votes)

No fewer than 22 persons have been killed in Chito and Tyo Akosu communities of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State, following a rival gang fight and attack on a drinking spot. 

It was gathered from sources in the area that the gang supremacy fight, which erupted, weekend, in Chito Community between the notorious criminal armed groups, known as ‘Chain Gang’ and ‘Full Fire’, left about 15 persons dead, while several others sustained gunshot wounds. 

One of the sources said that the killings at Tyo Akosu settlement was perpetrated by armed men, who stormed a drinking spot in the village and opened fire on unsuspecting customers at the bar. 

He said he could not readily confirm if the attack at Tyo Akosu was an extension of the Chito fight, but noted that the suspicion among the locals was that the supremacy fight was fast spreading in the communities of the council.

One of the sources explained that “It all started on Friday afternoon, during a fight for supremacy between kingpins of crime in Ukum council. They are known as Chain and Full Fire gangs, with their operational base located in the council.

“Both groups are looking for each others’ necks. Full Fire employed the services of another banditry group to help kill the Chain gang, which got wind of the plan and laid ambush for them. 

“They opened fire and killed all of them. Some persons claimed that 10 pereons were killed in the bloody fight while others said they counted 15 bodies. 

“”But it was an internal fight for supremacy among gangs and not a communal crisis. In fact, the locals ran away because they feared for their lives. They feared that in the course of the reprisal, they might be affected despite being innocent.” 

It was gathered that after the Chito bloody fight on Friday evening, a gang of armed men Saturday evening stormed the drinking spot at Tor Akosu village and opened fire on the customers at the bar, killing seven persons and injurying several others. 

He said: “Though we cannot say for sure that it was an extention of the supremacy fight but we cannot rule it out because we cannot tell who belongs to whatever groups anymore. 

“Ukum has become something else, we are all living in fear as we speak because we cannot tell who is who among our local boys,” he said. 

Contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene said she was yet to receive information on the incidents.



December 08, 2023

P&G, others’ exit from Nigeria paves way for ‘investors partnering with politicians’ - Atedo Peterside

Atedo Peterside, president and founder, Anap Foundation and Anap Jets, said investors who cherish the…
December 04, 2023

Nigeria’s electoral system so corrupt that ‘it's impossible for honest people to contest polls’ -…

Babangida Aliyu, a former governor of Niger state, says Nigeria’s corrupt electoral system has made…
December 08, 2023

3 things Taylor Swift just said as 'Person of the Year' that every leader should learn

On Wednesday, Time Magazine named Taylor Swift its Person of the Year, because, well, of…
December 02, 2023

Man suffering from headaches for 5 months discovers chopsticks stuck in his skull

A Vietnamese man who had been suffering from severe headaches and even loss of vision…
December 07, 2023

Gunmen waylay Kogi Election Tribunal officials, cart away petition documents

Kogi State Police Command yesterday confirmed that gunmen attacked the secretary of the state governorship…
December 08, 2023

Son of Israeli war cabinet minister killed in Gaza, IDF says

Master Sgt. (Res.) Gal Meir Eisenkot, 25, a combat soldier in the 551st reserve commando…
December 04, 2023

Google AI unveils Translatotron 3: A breakthrough in real-time speech translation

Researchers from Google AI have unveiled Translatotron 3, an innovative AI model that revolutionizes speech-to-speech…
November 20, 2023

Lackluster Nigeria held to 1-1 draw by Zimbabwe in World Cup qualifiers

Nigeria continued their stumbling start to the African 2026 World Cup qualifying campaign on Sunday…
Nothing to show. You must configure the data source of the widget.

NEWSSCROLL TEAM: 'Sina Kawonise: Publisher/Editor-in-Chief; Yomi Lawal: Director/Editorial Adviser; Prof Wale Are Olaitan: Editorial Consultant; Helen Aidenojie: Advert Manager; Femi Kawonise: Head, Production & Administration; Afolabi Ajibola: IT Manager; Contact us: [email protected] Tel/WhatsApp: +234 811 395 4049
Copyright © 2015 - 2023 NewsScroll. All rights reserved.