Tension in Benue as youth clash with herdsmen

by Dolapo Adelana

Irate youth on Thursday hit the streets of Benue in protest over the killing of a Tiv man on his farm by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

The youth in their numbers blocked the ever-busy Otukpo–Makurdi expressway.

The blockade has led to vehicular traffic on the expressway.

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According to an eyewitness, Peters Ozofor, “Some Fulani herdsmen killed a Tiv man on his farm few minutes ago and since then, the Tivs have blocked the road, therefore, no car can go through the expressway.

“So far, an innocent passenger has been killed and a driver injured. Every other car including ours is packed on the highway.”

The Benue State Police PRO, Moses Yamu, ASP, who confirmed the incident has sued for peace, saying the command will not tolerate any act of jungle justice.

He said, “We got reports today that suspected herdsmen attacked Tse Igba Uke village, killed one Sunday Kachuwa and injured Zongu Aliade over an alleged attack on their cattle. The corpse was removed to General hospital while the injured is undergoing treatment.

“In another development, youths at Ikpayongo blocked the road in protest of the killing and killed a passenger in the process. Policemen led by the CP cleared the road and restored normalcy to the area.

“The command frowns at jungle justice and appeals to the general public to desist from taking laws into their hands.”

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  • Eminue Itabana says:

    People should desist from taking law into their hands when incident take place, and hand over to the authority who are well capable

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