From Uche Nnorom Makurdi
The Benue Police Command yesterday confirmed the killing of four persons in a renewed clash in Ogobia town, Ugboju community of Otukpo Local Government Area.
It could be recalled that the area was in August engulfed in a bloody crisis ignited by two brothers of the same mother, Ijachi Udeh and Benjamin Udeh who are said to be a member of different political parties.
While Ijachi Udeh belongs to the All Progressives Party, APC, his brother, Benjamin belongs to the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP. During the mayhem, a retired major, Lawrence Ugbo and three others were killed.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Moses Yamu, who confirmed the ongoing killings, said that there was a clash in the same area which claimed the lives of three persons on Saturday night and another person injured who later died on Sunday morning.
“Yes there was a clash that claimed the lives of 3 persons yesterday night and another injured person gave up today, making 4 deaths in all. Normalcy has been restored as more patrol teams have been reinforced to the area to support the ones that were there after the August mayhem in that area’’, Yamu stated.
The Police spokesperson said the police were yet to establish the motive for the killing but said it is likely to be connected to the one that happened last August.
‘’It is likely that the yesterday clash and killing is connected to what happened in the area recently but we have commence full investigations to bring the killers to book’’, the PPRO stated.
He urged the public to provide security agencies with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the killers.
Meanwhile, members of the Idoma socio cultural organisation, Opiatoha K’ Idoma has condemned in totality the renewed hostility in Ogobia-Ugboju.
A statement by the secretary general of the organisation, Chief Adoka Adaji, said that, in the renewed hostility, it is gathered that about four persons are reportedly shot dead with numerous others injured stating that it is unfortunate that the warring parties are not prepared to embrace peace and dialogue for absolute peace to return to the area.
The organisation called on security agencies to wade in and apprehend those behind the dastardly act.
‘Government should ensure full presence of Military and Police patrol in the area to forestall further break down of law and order because, Ogobia as a gateway, people can’t afford to witness violence in the area during this festive period’’, Chief Adaji appealed.