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Ten Killed, Many Missing In Benue Communities Clash

In a renewed Benue State communities clash, no fewer than ten persons have been reportedly killed, 18 houses burnt, and many individuals missing when Aila youths allegedly stormed nearby Omukwidi and Edeje communities in Agatu LGA on Sunday, May 26, 2024.

As of the time of filing this report, the cause of the latest attack is yet unknown, but New Telegraph gathered that; it was not unconnected to the ongoing Egba/Ologba and Abugbe/Agbaduma communal crises, as the Aila community has accused Omukwidi and Edeje of collaborating with Egba youths to harass their people on the roads and farms.

According to an eyewitness; “We were sitting under trees in our village of Aila when we started hearing gunshots from the direction of Omukwidi and Edeje.

“Our youths mobilized themselves and went towards the direction. There was an exchange of gunfire between our youths and Omukwidi/Edeje youths, leading to the death of many and the burning of houses in the two communities.”

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James Uloko, a youth leader from the Aila village, also verified the attack, which occurred at 5:45 pm.

He did, however, state that he was not in the hamlet to determine the remote cause of the conflict or the number of casualties, but that he would find out today.

The immediate past Chairman of Agatu LGA, Hon Joseph Ngbede, who is also from Edeje, confirmed the attack and burning of 18 houses in his town.

When reached, the Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Benue State Police Command, Mrs Catherine Anene, stated that she was yet to be briefed.

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