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  • Updated: May 27, 2024

Benue community clash leaves 10 killed, many missing, houses burnt

Benue community clash leaves 10 killed, many missing, houses

In the wake of Aila youths of Benue State allegedly attacking the nearby Omukwidi and Edeje settlements in Agatu LGA in the late hours of Sunday, May 26, 2024, ten confirmed deaths have been reported, eighteen houses burnt, and numerous individuals reported missing.

At the time this report was filed, the cause of the most recent attack was still unknown, but according to the Daily Post, it was likely related to the ongoing communal conflicts between the Egba/Ologba and the Abugbe/Agbaduma communities. 

The Aila community has been accusing Omukwidi and Edeje of working together with Egba youths to harass their people on the roads and on farms.

The Aila community is further split into two familial lineages: Agbaduma-affiliated and Abugbe-affiliated.

Allnews.ng had reported that on Saturday, May 25, 2024, Egba youths allegedly attacked farmers in Ologba, Edeje, Omukwidi, and Aila, chasing them away from their properties.

A witness who did not want his name publicised described the incident: "We were sitting under trees in our village of Aila when we heard 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.”

Aila community youth leader James Uloko verified the attack as well, stating that it occurred at approximately 5:45 p.m.

He shared that he would find out tomorrow (today) and that he was not in the village to determine the precise reason for the battle or the number of victims.

The attack and burning of eighteen houses in Agatu LGA was confirmed by the immediate past chairman, Hon. Joseph Ngbede, who is also from Edeje.

“We cannot really pinpoint those responsible for the attack this night but we will know tomorrow. So far, the attackers succeeded in burning 18 houses in my community of Edeje”, Ngbede said.

The Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Benue State Police Command, Catherine Anene said, she was yet to be briefed when contacted by newsmen. 

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