Monday, 29 December 2014

Yuletide Celebration: Police Clash with Irate Youths in Benue

A bloody skirmish between the Police and irate youths in Lessel Town in Ushongo Local Government Area (LGA) has led to the shooting of five of the youths with one confirmed dead, while four others are said be in critical conditions at a public hospital.

This is just as suspected rival cult clash in Agbouhogh village, in the outskirt of Makurdi town has left no fewer than 15 persons with serious injuries.

Though the reason for the bloody clash was not yet clear at the time of this report, the injured and some of the suspects were reported to have been apprehended and taken to the ‘D’ Division of the Makurdi Area Command of the Police from where some of them were taken for medical attention.

THISDAY gathered from an eyewitness that the Yuletide mayhem at Lessel started at about noon when over 2,000 youths from across Ushongo had converged at Lessel town for a procession to the popular Ushongo Hills for their annual Christmas picnic.

According to the witness, “they were prevented from moving into the hills by the Police who were allegedly directed by the District Head of Mbayegh, Chief Nathaniel Hoyough, to prevent the picnic from taking place in his domain where the Hill is located.

“From what we heard, the District Head was acting on the orders of the paramount ruler of the local government council, the Ter Ushongo, Chief Ambrose Iortyer, who cited the security situation in the country and the immoral acts that usually take place at the annual fiesta for his decision.”

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