As armed Jukum youths invade Ukum group
Native council boss narrowly escape loss of life.
Makurdi— An aged girl was reportedly burnt alive in her home at Atsenga village in Ukum Native Authorities Space of Benue State in assault allegedly carried out by armed Jukum militia from neighbouring Kente group in Wukari Native Authorities Space of Taraba State.
It was additionally gathered that the militia killed 4 different individuals within the assault with over 300 homes, huts and farmland razed.
Scenes of the disaster.
An eyewitness account had it that the disaster was sparked off by a minor disagreement between a younger Tiv and his Jukum pal at Atsenga, which later snowballed into a serious communal battle.
In response to the witness, “we have now been dwelling peacefully collectively within the border communities of Igbongum, Vaase, Gbeji, Kente and Atsenga with none downside, however from what we heard the entire thing began as a quarrel between two younger males, who’re pals, a Tiv man from Benue State and his Jukum pal from Taraba State, Monday, afternoon and earlier than anyone knew what was taking place the scenario bought out of hand and the border group was on hearth.
“From what we heard, on account of the altercation, the Jukum younger man went and mobilised his brothers, who invaded Atsenga with arms, taking pictures and killing something in sight.
“Additionally they went so far as burning down homes, vehicles, meals barns and huts, together with farmlands. In one of many burnt homes, an aged girl, one Mama Yanenge, who couldn’t escape, was burnt alive in her home whereas 4 different individuals have been both hacked or shot lifeless by the invading armed Jukum youths.
“As we communicate over 300 homes and huts have been burnt whereas some are nonetheless on hearth. The sounds of sporadic gunshots may nonetheless be heard from inside the group whereas residents have all fled their properties for worry of being killed.”
Vanguard gathered that the Chairman of Ukum Native Authorities Space, Mr. Ibellogo Tor-Tyokaa, who visited the affected space , yesterday, to entry the scenario alongside his Wukari counterpart escaped loss of life narrowly after operating into gunshots by the armed youths.
“They have been rescued by the army personnel, who have been drafted from Gbeji to the world to quell the disaster. It was the army that guarded and led them out of the world,” the supply mentioned.
Efforts to succeed in the Ukum Chairman was unsuccessful as his cell phone was switched off.
In the meantime, the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mrs. Catherine Anene, mentioned the command was nonetheless anticipating particulars of the disaster from the Divisional Police Workplace, DPO, answerable for Ukum Native Authorities Space.