From Rose Ejembi, Makurdi
Ten persons were killed and several others injured in a renewed hostility between Fulani herdsmen and Tiv youths at Tse Igba Uke village near Ikpayongo, a suburb of Makurdi, and the Benue State capital. Also vehicles were damaged, while property worth several millions were also destroyed.
The police however, confirmed only six persons killed.
According to a resident, trouble started when some suspected Fulani herders allegedly killed two persons in the village and also injured another person during a scuffle.
It was gathered, that not happy with the killing of their people by the suspected Fulani herdsmen, Tiv youths were said to have mounted a road block along Makurdi/Otukpo highway in search of the suspects. This caused traffick gridlock, leaving motorists and commuters stranded for several hours.
State Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), ASP, Moses Yamu, who confirmed the crisis, however, said six persons were killed in the mayhem while one person was critically injured.
“We got a report that suspected herdsmen attacked Tse Igba Uke village, and killed one Sunday Kachuwa and others and injured Zongu Aliade. Their corpses were removed and deposited at General Hospital, Aliade while the injured is undergoing treatment,” he said.
Yamu, who also confirmed that some youths from Ikpayongo mounted a roadblock, in protest of the killing, and killed a passenger in the process, explained that policemen had been drafted to restore peace in the area.
He warned youths against taking laws into their hands and engaging in jungle justice, stressing that anyone caught perpetrating such act would be made to face the law.