Breaking: Many feared killed in fresh Benue communal crisis

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Many have been feared killed after a fresh communal crisis broke out between Ochoro and Bonta communities in Konshisha Local Government Area of Benue State.

In April, it was reported that the military had sacked Bonta community following the killing of 12 soldiers, who went to quell crisis in the area.

There was a bit of stability after the military invasion.

However, clashes broke out between Bonta and Ochoro, a neighbouring community, two days ago.

About 50 houses were reportedly razed in the crisis.

Witnesses from both sides of the warring communities admitted that the crisis broke out on Monday and escalated on Tuesday night.

A witness from Konshisha revealed that the renewed crisis could be an offshoot of the age-long rift between Bonta and Ukpute.

“The lingering Bonta-Ukpute crisis escalated on Monday at Ochoro with Tiv militia attacking the community.”

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“Over 30 women and kids massacred. Over 50 houses were razed. Ochoro is neighboring community of Bonta and Ukpute. It is a community in Oju that has no issue with neither Bonta nor the militia.”

However, Chairman of Oju LGA, Clement Onaa, told newsmen in Makurdi, the state capital, that he was aware of the crisis and had called his Konshisha colleague to commiserate with him.

“The attack of yesterday (Tuesday) was not in Oju but Konshisha, though, Ochoro community is dominated by Igede people One thing you must know is that Oju and Obi people who are of Igede live in Gwer East and even Konshisha LGAs or any other Tiv areas,” a source said.

Chairman of Konshisha, James Ijirgba, confirmed the fresh crisis to journalists.

He said, “I’m aware of the crisis but it is still a rumour until I hear from the DPO who promised to get details and brief me but I have not heard from him, you know that the place is far from the LG headquarters.”

Police Public Relations Officer in Benue, DSP Catherine Anene, is yet to confirm the clash.

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