Unknown gunmen have killed one Yusuf Adabanege, the custodian of “Sementi Masquerade” of Obehira in the Central Senatorial district of Kogi state.

Yusuf was killed in Okene on Friday evening alongside his driver identified as Zubairu Musa.

It was learnt that unknown gunmen ambushed Mallam Yusuf at the front of the Living Faith Church, Okuha Anatahu on the Okene-Obehira road at about 6:40pm and killed him alongside his driver during the encounter.

The deceased and his “Sementi Masquerade” were expected to perform next week Tuesday in Okene during the “Ekwechi Festival”.

There was mounting tension in Okene following the incident as supporters of the deceased took to the streets on Saturday to protest his gruesome murder.

The youths numbering over fifty were fully armed with stickers, stone and other dangerous weapons as some of them reportedly shot into the air to scare people away from the streets.

It took the intervention of the Kogi State Police command and military men to disperse the protesters.

Some fully armed policemen and military personnel are said to be patrolling the major streets in Okene township to avoid any crisis.

The Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ali Janga, was in Okene township to monitor the security situation.

Meanwhile, the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has vowed to arrest those behind the killings.

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