Unknown gunmen yesterday shot dead a Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) chieftain, Chief Atoza Hidan in Katsina Ala, Benue State..
Also shot dead around Yoyo District in the town were12 other people after an attack the gunmen launched on the settlement. According to an eyewitness Chief Hidan was shot while inspecting a work done at his building near the Federal Low Cost Housing estate in Katsina Ala.
He was said to have been killed in the presence of his police orderly and his assistant, who were with him at the site of the building project.
The gunmen were said to have arrived on a motorcycle and immediately opened fire on the Second Republic lawmaker who was sitting under a tree.
He was said to have been shot in the head by the gunmen who fled immediately, giving him no room to survive.
The killing of Chief Hidan brought to seven the number of PDP members killed by unknown gunmen in Katsina Ala in recent times.
The son of the late politician and the immediate past commissioner for commerce and industry, Terfa Hidan, described the death of his father as shocking and unfortunate .
In a telephone interview with The Nation, the son of the deceased described his father as an easy going man and wondered the motive behind his killing .
Police spokesman, DSP Austine Ezeala, confirmed the incident, saying that 14 persons had been arrested with armed and ammunition in Makurdi in the last one week .
He said investigations had commenced to fish out the culprits