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17 Apr 2016

TIV/JUKUN CRISES: Police debunk claims of loss of lives

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, of the Benue Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Moses Yamu has debunked the insinuation making the rounds in some quarters in the state that many lives were lost in the wake of the ethnic feud between Tivs and Jukuns in the state , The image maker of the command who spoke to Saturday Mirror yesterday in Makurdi, the state capital dismissed the speculation with a wave of the hand, saying that nobody was killed on either side of the divide during the confrontation in the state .
“I can tell you authoritatively that those making the unguarded utterances of several lives being lost in the massacre which erupted at Angbaaye, at Kilometre 10, Makurdi- Gboko Road last Thursday in the state.”
The Spokesman of the command further announced that the State Commissioner of Police, CP, Paul Yakadi has held a stakeholders’ meeting with traditional rulers of the affected communities with a view to finding a lasting solution to the crisis and also to avoid future reoccurrence of the conflicts which led to innocent people sustaining multiple injuries on each side, though no live was lost during the fracas.
He , however, stated that following the intervention of law enforcement agents at the disputed area, normalcy wss gradually retuning to warring communities and sued for peace to reign among the inhabitants of the land .
According to him, the police could not allow this unfortunate massacre to escalate and urged the stakeholders to refrain from any acts capable of igniting further aggression that could trigger another protest in the area.
The PPRO also disclosed that three persons whose names were being withheld were badly injured in the ensuing confrontation and were receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital while ten suspects were apprehended in connection with the incident.
He explained that fighting broke out between the people over who owned a fish pond, leading to the protest that eventually resulted in a free for all, culminating in destructions of properties in the area.
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