The Benue State Police Command on Monday said 13 persons were killed by unidentified gunmen in Edikwu District, Apa Local Government Area.
Police Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene, who disclosed this in a statement, said the incident is being investigated.
The police spokesman linked the incident to an ongoing chieftaincy tussle.
The statement said, “Edikwu district, Ukpogbo, in Apa LGA, was experiencing incessant crises over chieftaincy affairs until May 25, when the Benue government convened a peace meeting, headed by the Deputy Governor, Mr Benson Abounu, to put an end to the rancour.
“Peace was restored to the area but on August 10, at about 04:00hrs, information was received that about 20 armed men invaded the community and shot sporadically at members of the community.
“A team of police officers were deployed to the scene where 13 corpses were recovered. Investigation is still in progress.”