Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Five killed in Benue, as Okpoga, Inleng clash bloodily

Five killed in Benue, as
Okpoga, Inleng clash bloodily

– An ongoing war between Okpoga and
Inleng, has led to the death of about 5
people
– The problem stemmed from the killing of
a suspected robber from Inleng by Okpoga
vigilante group
– A reprisal attack by boys from Inleng isa
said to have rekindle the flames of the cold
conflict
– The police is yet to make comments on
the issue
Reports suggest that there is an ongoing war
between Okpoga, the country home of
Benue state Deputy Speaker, James Okefe
and Inleng, a neighboring town.

It was gathered that the fight has claimed
the lives of about five people. fewer than
five lives.
An insider hinted that the problem started
few months ago when a man, who is
believed to be a member of an armed
robbery gang from Inleng, a neibouring
village, was arrested and killed by vigilante
group from Okpoga.
Few days later, the deceased’s group traced
one of the vigilante members to Okpoga and
strangled him to death and burnt his body.
“The same suspected robbers again came to
the community with motorcycle and the
vigilante members identified them and followed
them to a nearby village where fight broke out
between them
“The vigilante guys overpowered them after
their bullets exhausted. They arrested them,
cut off their manhoods and set them ablaze,”
the source said.

Total war broke out after the boys from
Inleng returned to the community and killed
two boys from the community in reprisal
“They killed, dismembered their bodies and set
them on fire,” the source added.
“As we speak, Okpoga, Okpodu, Aidogodo and
other villages have teamed up and are
currently matching to Inleng to fight.
“The entire Okpoga is like a graveyard as we
speak. I am currently in Ai-Fam, in Owukpa as
I am talking,” another community member
who gave his name as Agbo said.
Daily Post reports that Efforts to reach the
Benue state police spokesman, Moses Yamu,
were futile.
The situation on ground remains sketchy, as
a formal statement by the police is awaited.