Sunday, 19 April 2015

Fresh Attack: 45 Killed in Agatu Communal Clash

No fewer than 45 people have been feared killed in a communal clash that erupted Friday between Ologba and Egba communities of Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State.

The incident came barely a month after Egba Village lost some 82 people in an invasion carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

According to the state Commissioner of Police, Hycinth Dagala, the villages have been having a running battle over a fish pond. He, therefore, attributed the renewed crisis to the suspicion by the Egba community that the recent Fulani invasion against its people might have been orchestrated by Ologba village.

Sources within the village insisted that at least 45 persons had been killed in the renewed crisis, while fighting was still raging at the time of filing this report. Dagala confirmed that the crisis had claimed the lives of 23 people in Ologba community.

He, however, stated that calm had already been restored to the affected communities.

Commenting, on the incident, Deputy governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded election, John Ngbede, who hails from the area, said the communities in dispute had a long standing matter.

He disclosed that many people were injured in the crisis which started on Friday evening and that those displaced were now taking refuge in Obagaji, the headquarters of the Agatu Local Government Area.

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