3 killed in Benue com­mu­nal clash

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Three peo­ple were yes­ter­day killed in a sus­pected com­mu­nal clash be­tween two com­mu­ni­ties in Okpokpwu lo­cal gov­ern­ment area of Benue State.

The de­ceased were said to have been killed in a re­newed hos­til­ity be­tween peo­ple of Edu­moga and Ok­poga dis­tricts in Okpokpwu.

A na­tive of the area said trou­ble started when some vig­i­lantes killed a sus­pected crim­i­nal who hailed from one of the em­bat­tled com­mu­ni­ties, adding that the ac­tion did not go down well with the de­ceased’s kins­men who said their son was not a crim­i­nal.

The source stated that the ag­grieved vil­lagers launched a reprisal which led to the death of three vig­i­lantes from the other dis­tricts only two weeks ago and now three other vic­tims had again paid the price for the bit­ter ri­valry brew­ing among the com­mu­ni­ties.

Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer (PPRO) Moses Yamu said he had not been briefed on the lat­est killing in the area, but he had ear­lier con­firmed that gun­men at­tacked Ok­poga vig­i­lante of­fice about 1:30am penul­ti­mate Sunday and shot at five men.

Yamu said three of the vic­tims were later con­firmed dead when they were rushed to the hos­pi­tal by the Po­lice who re­sponded to the dis­tress call.

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