Another Custodian of Masquerade, Two Others  Killed by Unknown Gunmen in Kogi. 

By Ameer  Obansa, Lokoja.
There was serious tension in Okene, headquarters of  Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State on Saturday as a result of the  killing of a masquerade custodian and two other persons by unknown gunmen at Oro at the out sketch of  Okene town on Friday night.
The recent killing was coming barely nine months after another Custodian, Abdulrahaman Yakubu, Custodian of Achewuru was also murdered in cold blood.
The Kogi State governor,  Alhaji Yahaya Bello has responded promptly by issueing serious warning to those who may want to laws into their hands,  vowing to bring the perpetrators to justice.
It was reliably  gathered that one of victims,  Mallam Yusuf Otaru Adabenege was the custodian of a masquerade called “Sementi” who was expected to perform next week Tuesday during the “Ekwechi festival”
The sources disclosed that the three  persons were in Ford Ranger when some unidentified gunmen rounded  them up and open fire on their vehicle as they were heading to Obehira from Okene.
Meanwhile some supporters of the late Yusuf on Saturday went into the street protesting the death of the man.
The youths numbering over one Hundred  were fully armed with sticks,  Stone and other dangerous weapons as some of them shot into the air to scared innocent people away from the streets.
Most functions could not hold following  the apprehension in Okene and its envorons
It took the intervention of the Kogi State Police command and Military men to dispatched the protesters.
Source in the security said security men have been drafted to Okene to avoid break down of law and order.
Some fully armed policemen and Military were seen  patrolling major streets in Okene township avoid any crisis.
The Kogi State  Commissioner of Police,  Mr.  Ali Janga was in Okene township to monitor the security situation.
The late Yusuf was later buried in his family house at Obehira on Saturday.
Governor Bello who visited the family of the deceased said his administration will not tolerate break down of law and order in the state.
He assured that the security agents will do everything possible to unmask those behind the killings .
The Public Relation officer of the state Police Command,  Mr. William Ayah while confirming the incident  said that the command was doing everything possible to track down the hoodlums.
Speaking further, Aya said , “we received  report that unknown armed  Men shot sporadically at one Ford Ranger driven by one zubairu musa of Upogoro Okene aged 42yrs with two occupants namely Yusuf Adabenege a custodian of Sementi masquerade and  Yakubu mohammed of  Irevucheba Okene aged 45yrs .
“The driver and Yusuf Adabenege died On the spot . the CP Ali Janga, has visited the scene for on the spot Assessment and directed state CID to carry out investigation .
According to him, the CP has  assured  that the public on adequate security of lives and property, saying  that the police will ensure that perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted
Ayah urged the . public to  volunteer information on the suspects .
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