The Christmas carnival in the Otukpo local government area of Benue State ended in blood, as two people were reportedly killed.
The deceased died after a police officer was reportedly shot in the crowd at a music carnival hosted by a young millionaire, and Davido was also one of his headliners.
Channels Television announced that the incident was yet to begin when the sound of gunshots resonated inside the premises, leaving people scampered for safety around 11 p.m. It was later collected that the shots may have been fired by one of the policemen suspected to have been on duty.
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.”
The President of the Otukpo Local Government, George Alli, who verified the news, claimed that a young woman and a young man had died in the incident.
He stated that the organiser of the music carnival had flouted the directive of the federal and state governments banning social gathering due to the second wave of COVID-19.
“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.”