Four killed as violence erupts in Benue

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No fewer than four persons have been confirmed killed in a renewed crisis that rocked Ogobia town, in Ugboju community of Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State.

State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Moses Yamu, who confirmed the killings yesterday, disclosed that there was a clash in the area, which claimed the lives of three persons Saturday night, while another person injured in the mayhem later died yesterday morning.

“Yes, there was a clash that claimed the lives of three persons yesterday (Saturday) night and another injured person gave up today (yesterday), making four deaths in all. Normalcy has been restored, as more patrol teams have been deployed in the area to support the ones that have been there since the August mayhem in that area,” Yamu stated.

He explained that the police were yet to establish the motive behind the killing, he said, however, it may not be unconnected with the earlier crisis that happened in August, in which several people, including a retired Army Major, and a retired police officer, were killed.

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“It is likely that yesterday’s clash and killing are connected to what happened in the area recently, but we have commenced full investigations, with a view to bringing the killers to book,” said the PPRO.

The police image maker, who gave assurance that normalcy has been restored in the area, however, urged the public to provide security agencies with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the killers.

Last August, a crisis, which was allegedly caused by two brothers rocked the Ondo and Ogobia communities of Ugboju, in Otukpo Local Government Area of the state.

Although, Governor Samuel Ortom had given marching order to security operatives to arrest the two brothers for their alleged involvement in the crisis, only one of them was arrested, while the other person is still at large.

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