Communal clash claims lives, property in Benue

By Toryila KAJO, Makurdi
What appears as a family feud between the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Oturkpo Local Government Area in Benue state, Hon. Ijachi Odeh and his junior brother, Mr. Benjamin Eje over the control of economic and political powers at Ondo and Ogobia Ogboju communities in Oturkpo has taken a fatal dimension resulting to the loss of lives and property.
Investigation revealed that Ogobia community is said to be a migrant from Ondo in which it has grown to overshadow Ondo and is now seeking independence which the current Chairman of Oturkpo Local Government, Hon. Odeh said to be in total support of the move even before assuming the position of chairman which does not go down well with some factions of Ondo people led by Mr. Benjamin Eje and the former Secretary of Oturkpo local government council, Mr. Adakole Adanu.
It was gathered that this squabble led to crisis upon crisis in the two communities. Our informant said things got to its peak on 13th February, 2016 when Mr. Eje and Adanu were alleged to have brought in hired ‘mercenaries’ that unleashed mayhem in the community including causing body injuries on Hon. Odeh and his Police orderly as well as his supporters leading to the alleged death
of three persons while others are still missing.
The Chairman’s residence in the community was not spared as it was set ablaze by the invading arsonists.
A man who gave his name as Elder Agbo Lawani said All Progressives Congress, APC Chairman of Ogboju Ehaje ward, Mr. Ochekwu Ogbodo and two others were killed during the mayhem while some police men detailed to restore law and order sustained injuries


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