Ma­jor Ug­bor, 5 oth­ers killed in Benue com­mu­nal clash

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Aformer chair­man of the Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in Benue State, Ma­jor Lawrence Ug­bor (rtd) and five oth­ers were yes­ter­day killed in a com­mu­nal clash be­tween two com­mu­ni­ties in Ug­boju district of Otukpo Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area in the state.

Daily Trust re­ports that in Fe­bru­ary last year, three peo­ple lost their lives in a sim­i­lar ri­valry be­tween the two vil­lages of Ondo and Ogo­bia in the Ug­boju district fol­low­ing al­leged land dis­pute which snow­balled into cri­sis be­tween sus­pected mem­bers of PDP and All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC).

It was al­leged by the lo­cals that three peo­ple whose names were given as Ok­woche Omale, An­drew Adaji and Audu Ok­pachu Okopi were killed in the process of that cri­sis while many houses were burnt and res­i­dents fled their homes.

The vil­lagers how­ever told our cor­re­spon­dent that fresh cri­sis erupted yes­ter­day at 5:00 am when un­known gun­men in­vaded the Ondo com­mu­nity, killed peo­ple, burnt houses and looted prop­erty.

It was also gath­ered that the re­tired mil­i­tary of­fi­cer Ug­bor was killed, dumped in his car and set ablaze, just as a re­tired po­lice of­fi­cer whose name was given as Oglegba Uja as well as four oth­ers were killed, bring­ing the num­ber to six.

By the time of this re­port, res­i­dents of both com­mu­ni­ties were said to have fled their homes.

The Po­lice Spokesman, Moses Yamu, con­firmed that four dead bod­ies had been re­cov­ered, and that al­though there were ru­mours that a cer­tain re­tired Army ma­jor and a re­tired po­lice of­fi­cer were among the dead, the po­lice had not yet con­firmed the iden­ti­ties of the dead.

He said four peo­ple were wounded and one John Odey ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the trou­ble.

The po­lice spokesman added that the cause of the re­newed cri­sis had not been as­cer­tained but there were in­di­ca­tions that it might be those who sparked off the trou­ble in Fe­bru­ary last year.

Daily Trust re­calls that the last year cri­sis stemmed from an old ri­valry be­tween same fam­ily in the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties mainly over land dis­pute but which took on po­lit­i­cal coloura­tion in the wake of the Benue South sen­a­to­rial re­run elec­tion.

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