BREAKING: People Killed, Houses Burnt as Benue State Boils, Vigilante Commander Gives Details

TheTalk.NG journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering public journalism.

Makurdi, Benue state – Two people were killed in a fresh communal crisis which broke out at North Bank, Benue state.

TheTalk.NG reports that North Bank is a suburb of Makurdi metropolis in Benúe state, northcentral Nigeria.

Many houses were burnt and residents sustained injuries when a fight broke out between Tiv and Jukun natives on Sunday, March 31, and continued on Monday, April 1.

Daily Trust said Nura Umar, the commander of a local vigilante, Operation Shara, divulged that two people were killed.

Umar said:

“It’s really bad. Many houses were burnt in Agatashi community at the river bank of old bridge around timber shade and abattoir side. It’s a fight between Jukun and Tiv.

“Two persons selling things on wheelbarrow were victims of the crisis. They were caught and killed. We buried them today. Yesterday, Sunday, they shot two people while in church. They didn’t die; they are in the hospital.”

Catherine Anene, the police spokesperson in Benue state, did not yet respond to calls put through her telephone as of the time of this report.

TheTalk.NG reports that as the Tiv and Jukun yearslong crisis continues, the Benue state government is seeking a solution to the conflict.

More to follow…

Source: TheTalk.NG


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