Commissioner condemns attack on police station
The Commissioner of Police in Benue State, Bashir Makama, yesterday condemned what he described as “unprovoked attack” on the police station in Ogbadigbo local government area of the state.
Makama also warned members of the public, especially the youth, to desist from taking laws into their hands or risk the consequences of their action.
He said that the police command in Makurdi had received information at about 9:40am on Wednesday that there was a problem between some youths of Akpagodogbo community and two Fulani men along the road to Akpagodogbo community of Ogbadibo LGA. According to him, the police operatives led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Ogbadigbo division, on reaching the scene of the incident, met some youths arguing with the Fulani men over alleged destruction of farm crops by some cows.
He added that in the course of mediating, fight ensued between the parties during which Rashid Muhammed and Aliyu Muhammed, both of Fulani extraction and Peter Monday and one other of Idoma extraction sustained injuries.
The commissioner said the injured were all rescued to the station and subsequently to the hospital for treatment. However, he said, for reasons best known to some of the Idoma youths, they mobilised and attacked the Ogbadigbo police station, causing serious damage to the building.
Makama added that the police were only there to prevent the breakdown of law and order.