Thursday, April 21, 2011

Communities clash in Makurdi

Two feared dead as communities clash in Makurdi 

The Residents of Abua, a suburb of Makurdi, Benue State capital were reported attacked by people alleged to be Fulani herdsmen. Most of the villagers in the area are now taking refuge in the main town of Makurdi and other places.

Trouble started last week when the Fulani wanted their cattle to graze on certain portions of the land that belonged to the villagers. But the residents of the area resisted, resulting in a clash between the villagers and the Fulani, a situation which led to the death of two villagers. The corpses of the victims have been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi.

Investigations revealed that mobile police men have been deployed to area to calm frayed nerves. It was gathered that the presence of the police helped to restore normalcy but it was also confirmed that as soon as the police were not on the scene of the crisis, trouble resumes.

A resident of the area, who identified herself as Iorkyaa, who is now taking refuge in Makurdi town, reported that their belongings were destroyed in the crisis, including food crops, houses, and even economic trees.

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