Fresh communal clash in Benue kills 10

No fewer than 10 persons were feared dead, with property worth millions of naira destroyed in a renewed communal clash that ensued between residents of Ojantele and Ijegwu communities in Otukpo and Obi local government areas of Benue State.

The crisis, which broke out between the border communities on Tuesday night, followed a land dispute adjoining the warring neighbours.

The representatives of the communities prayed the House of Assembly, through a motion, to call on the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Christopher Katso, to deploy his officers and men in the crisis zone, in order to restore law and order in the communities.

Honourable Baba Ode, representing Otukpo/Akpa constituency, who raised the motion on Wednesday at the floor of the assembly, informed the members that he received a phone call on Tuesday night, intimating him that fighting had erupted between his constituents and the neighbouring Ijegwu community in Obi Local Government Area.

Supporting the motion, Honourable Nick Eworo, who represents Obi constituency, regretted that the communities had, in the last 10 years, been hostile to each other.

Meanwhile, Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ezeala, said he was yet to be briefed on the crisis.