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Gunmen Kill Okpe Denis Ijoko In Benue, Burn 50 Houses

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Some yet-to-be identified gunmen have attacked Oju Local Government Area of Benue State, killing the traditional ruler of Ochoro community, Chief Okpe Denis Ijoko.

DAILY POST gathered that the assailants also burnt over 50 houses in another community, Ukpute, during the attack as other valuable properties were also destroyed.

When contacted, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Anene Sewuese Catherine, said she was yet to receive the report.

However, a Senior Lecturer in the Benue State University, Dr John Ogi, an indigene of the local government, confirmed the incident in a chat with DAILY POST.

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Dr Ogi linked the incident to an existing crisis between the Tivs and Igede in the area saying the two tribes have been in that crisis for a year.

“This crisis has lasted for a year and the government is keeping deaf ears,” he said.

He revealed that the slain chief was kidnapped before he was murdered by the abductors.

“Ochoro community wasn’t at war with any community, the chief was in his bathroom when those militias invaded his community and captured him alongside an eight-year-old child to an unknown destination,” he revealed.

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Yoruba, Hausa’s Clash In Ogun Community Leaves Seven Dead.

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Ibese community in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, was on Tuesday, thrown into confusion as Hausas and Yoruba motorcyclists clashed, leaving seven persons feared dead.

Our correspondence learnt that the crisis started on Monday between the two groups of motorcyclists which snowballed on Tuesday into a bloody crisis.

The motorcyclists, said to be operating at Dangote Cement factory junction, were said to be fighting over an increase in daily ticket fees from N600 to N800.

It was gathered that no fewer than seven persons were feared dead in the crisis said to have been turned to an ethnic one.

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Yoruba, Hausa’s Clash In Ogun Community Leaves Seven Dead.

However, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in an interview with newsmen, could not confirm the number of casualties involved in the crisis.

He assured that the command was on top of the situation and urged residents to go about their normal businesses.

Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police said, “The issue is currently under control. It was a minor struggle that had snowballed into a serious crisis.”

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Gunmen Raid Suleja Community, Abduct Children From House To House.

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Gunmen, suspected to be Fulani Terrorist bandits, have raided Kwankwashe, a Suleja community located along the Suleja-Madalla road, Niger State, abducting residents, including children.

A witness said the victims on Wednesday morning from three houses and a hotel within Unguwar Fulani area of the metropolitan town.

According to Daily Trust, a resident, Faith Lucky, whose two children a 17-year-old girl, and a 15-year-old boy, were taken, said she became aware of their presence when they started hitting her compound’s gate.

She said it took them about 20 minutes to pull down the gate.

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“I woke up my children immediately and made an attempt to glance toward them through my window. But within a few minutes they rushed towards there and broke part of the window’s burglary.

“They flashed light, and pointed a gun towards me, directing that I should open the room’s door.”

Gunmen Raid Suleja Community, Abduct Children From House To House.

The woman added that in the process, they forced them to surrender their phones along with the available money in their possession, before leaving with the two children.

Another woman said the gunmen arrived in her compound around 1am, and that she, along with her husband, were able to escape.

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She said the attackers were able to reach the section where her visiting mother and brother in-laws were.

“So my brother-in-law remained with mama who could not move away. That was how they abducted him and also took our other belongings like phones, laptops, as well as clothes and shoes,” the woman said.

A resident, who simply gave his name as Ruben, said the attackers who also abducted two hotel staff in the area, adding that they operated for more than an hour before fleeing on hearing the police siren.

Efforts to speak to the Suleja Police Area Commander, ACP Sani Badarwa, was not successful as at the time of filing this report, as his orderly who responded to our reporter’s call made to his contact, said that his boss was attending a meeting.

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How Fulani Herdsmen Overpowered Policemen, Soldiers In Plateau – Victims

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Security operatives who visited the scene of the attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen at Miango Community in Plateau State retreated and scampered for safety, some residents have told SaharaReporters.

A source in the community told SaharaReporters that the attackers, who came in their hundreds, overpowered the police and the military during a gun battle.

The Fulani herdsmen overpowered the police operatives and continued terrorising Jebbu-Miango and Kpachudu communities.

The source, who confided in SaharaReporters, explained that the community was invaded on Monday and continued on Tuesday night.

“During the attack, 50 persons were killed, while about 2000 houses in total were burnt to ashes. There is increased tension in the communities as everyone had deserted the areas.

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“Thousands of our people have become homeless,” he said.

Nuhu Bitus Nga, another witness, also confirmed that “in the continuous attacks, the gunmen stormed Jebbu-Miango and Kpachudu communities again after the security men withdrew. The herdsmen burnt to ashes more than 500 houses, carted away properties and domestic animals. They killed four aged parents in our community. Amongst the mansions destroyed were four churches – all burnt to ashes.”

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