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Tiv, Jukun communities clash in Benue, leaves 2 injured and houses burnt



11 murdered in Benue community fight, herders set houses ablaze

A clash between a Tiv and Jukun community of Benue state has left two people critically injured and several houses burnt on Wednesday.

The incident happened at a riverside beside a rice mill around a New Bridge at Wurukum in Makurdi, Benue state capital.

The crisis reportedly caused the traditional ruler to flee to an unknown place to escape the wrath of rampaging youths, as his palace was also set ablaze.

It was gathered that a fish pond triggered the crisis between the two communities; the Tivs and Jukuns.

Chairman of Makurdi local government, Anthony Dyegeh l, who confirmed the crisis to our correspondent on the phone said that two people were injured.

He said, “The problem is because of the small river beside Rice Mill down the New Bridge Wurukum. That River that separates itself from the main river. You know it’s a fish pond and every year people fish from there and get a lot of money.

“So, it is the cause of the crisis today. But no life was lost. Two persons were injured. Of the two persons that were injured, the mother of one of them is even from the Tiv side.

“Some houses were also burnt. The traditional ruler’s house was also torched. That is the situation. But we are here with men of the Nigerian Army, police, Civil Defense and other security agencies’.

Dyegeh who said the situation had been put under control said security operatives were at the time of this report trying to meet and resolve the crisis.

He added, “We have called for a meeting between the two communities. We are waiting for the traditional ruler from the Tiv side who ran to an undisclosed location after his house was touched.

“So, we are waiting for him to come so that we can discuss and bring back peace in the area. The situation is calm in the area right now. As I speak with you, we are deliberating.

“The Chief from the Jukun side, Chief Nuhu is also here and we are waiting for the Chief from the Tiv side to come so that we can discuss with the youths.

“We have asked each side to bring five youths each so that we can discuss with them. Afterwards, we will ask them to continue with the peace while we schedule for a meeting whereby traditional rulers and stakeholders of the Tiv and Jukun in Makurdi will sit together and then discuss to see how they can continue to relate harmoniously again”.

When contacted, the Benue State Command spokesperson, SP Catherine Anene, partially confirmed the incident and said she was gathering facts from officers on ground.

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