The Police Command in Benue on Tuesday confirmed the assassination of Tavershima Achinge, Chairman, Zaki Biam Yam Market Association, Ukum Local Government, Benue State.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Catherine Anene, told News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Makurdi that the incident was reported on Tuesday through the Ukum Divisional Police Station.
Anene said that Achinge was killed by unknown gunmen in Zaki Biam, late on Monday evening.
NAN reports that entire Sankera axis, comprising Ukum, Logo and Katsina-Ala local government areas have witnessed unprecedented killings and criminality in the last four years.
NAN also reports that in 2017, unknown gunmen killed over 40 persons in broad daylight on g Zaki Biam Yam Market day.
The market is adjudged by many as the biggest yam market in Nigeria.