BREAKING; Residents flee as Communal clash turns bloody


Residents of Mbasombo and Mbaivur communities in Gwer local government area of Benue State have fled their areas as the communal clash between the two communities persist.

The fighting between the two communities started last week and has resulted in the death of one person with several others sustaining various degrees of injuries. Houses, including that of a retired DSP late Emmanuel Agber have been destroyed.

On Monday, it was gathered that a young man was shot and later died at a hospital in Apir, a suburb in the area.

A resident told newsmen that the man who was identified as Igbawase Ijov was initially on admission at a hospital in Ikpayongo, on hearing gun shots, he tried to escape to a safe place when he was hit by a live bullet. His killers were not known.

When contacted, the Police public relations officer, Catherine Anene, who confirmed the incidence said there has been protracted land disagreement between Mbasombo and Mbaivur Communities in Gwer-East local government area of the state.

According to her, the renewed crises began on the 28 of February, 2022 when information was received that some mischievous persons burnt down the house of late DSP. Emmanuel Agber at Ikpayongo and a reaction from other members of the community led to destruction of other houses and two persons lost their lives.

“Efforts have been made to restore peace in the area. In the past two years, series of meetings have been held and peaceful resolution made to ensure the peace that they have been enjoying.

“The Commissioner of Police, Benue State Command, CP. Wale Abass who is miffed by the lawless behaviour of members of these Communities said as people who speak the same language, alternative dispute Resolution strategies would easily have been adopted to resolve matter like this rather than engaging in violence that destroys lives and property.”

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