At least eight people were killed on Sunday night when an official of National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) drove into a procession of Christian youth, celebrating Easter, at Alheri junction, Biu road of Gombe State.
Reports said the survivors among the youth then chased the security official and his passenger who happened to be a police officer, caught up with them and lynched them.
The Chairman of the Gombe State Battalion Brigade of the Boys Brigade, Isaac Kwadang, told reporters that he received information about the incident around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday.
According to him, the civil defence officer, though not on duty, met the procession, exchanged words with the youth, and drove past them. He allegedly switched off his car’s full lights, reversed the vehicle and rammed into the procession killing eight people on the spot, many of whom are members of the boys brigade.
Kwadang said the youth chased the security officers, caught up with them and mobbed them to death. He said the youth are still being prevailed on not to continue with any violent reaction.
The Chief Medical Director of the Gombe State Specialist Hospital, Shuaibu Muazu, confirmed that some dead bodies from the incident have been deposited in the hospital.
The Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps, Godwin Omuko, confirmed the incident to journalists. He said his men were among those that brought the dead bodies to the hospital.