The Benue State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said on Wednesday that seven people have been killed in Gboko by “criminal elements.”
He also said several people have been arrested in connection with the killing and brought to the state police command in Makurdi for interrogation.
He refused to reveal the number of suspects arrested so far.
Addressing journalists at the command headquarters, Owoseni said the victims were attacked at a motor park in Gboko.
He said the victims were set ablaze by the hoodlums.
“It is a pure act of criminality which has no ethnic or religious coloration. Those behind the dastard act will be apprehended and dealt with according to the law of the land,” Owoseni said.
The police commissioner said Governor Samuel Ortom has visited Gboko for on the spot assessment and a dust- to- dawn curfew has been imposed on the town.
He warned that anybody found wandering between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. in Gboko would face the law.