Benue state: Scores Feared Killed, Houses Burnt
Scores of persons were killed and several houses were razed during fighting between the Jukun and Tiv farmers in Angbaaye and Abinsi communities of Guma Local Government area of Benue state yesterday.
Angbaaye and Abinsi are located along the Makurdi-Gboko Expressway. The communities are agrarian areas predominantly occupied by fishermen of the Jukun and Tiv ethnic groups.
The clash, which started at about eight o’clock in the morning, lasted till noon until security operatives were drafted to the troubled areas to maintain peace.
The busy Makurdi-Gboko road was barricaded by irate youths for several hours, resulting in heavy traffic gridlock.
The clash erupted because of a parcel of swampy land where the people fish. Another version said the fighting was due to unsettled claims of ownership of a piece of land by both ethnic groups.
The Benue State Commissioner of Police, Paul Yakadi confirmed the clashes and said they erupted over a land where the people fish but said the Police were yet to receive information on the number of deaths.
Yakadi said 6 houses were burnt down and 3 persons injured, insisting that investigation into the matter was on-going as police were swiftly drafted to the communities.