THREE persons have been killed in a renewed crisis between Fulani herdsmen and Tiv farmers at Tse Igba Uke village, near Ikpayongo, a suburb of Makurdi, capital of Benue State, yesterday. As a result of the killings, some youths mounted a road block with born fire along Makurdi/Otukpo road yesterday leading to the death of one passenger. Nigerian Pilot gathered that suspected herdsmen had on Wednesday invaded Tse Igba Uke village, close to Ikayongo in Makurdi Local Government Area and killed two persons and one other seriously injured. Disturbed by the development, some youths in Ikpayongo were said to have mounted roadblock along the federal highway leaving motorists stranded. According to an eyewitness, “Some youths barricaded the federal high way at Ikpayongo to protest the killing of two persons at Tse Igba village, few kilometers away from Ikpayongo by fulani herders. “The incident happened on Wednesday night and up till mid day of Thursday nobody could say anything, the nonchalant attitude of government propelled youths to take to the street. “Unfortunately, some motorists were fighting with the youths which led to serious pandemonium until policemen came and dispersed the youths,” the source said. Confirming the report, state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, ASP Moses Yamu who confirmed the crisis in a statement said that two person were killed while one critically injured. The statement read: “We got report that suspected herdsmen attacked Tse Igba Uke village, killed one Sunday Kachuwa and injured Zongu Aliade. The corpse was removed to general hospital while the injured is undergoing treatment. “Youths at Ikpayongo blocked the road in protest of the killing and killed a passenger in the process.” Yamu added that policemen have been drafted to restore normalcy at the area, even as he enjoined youths not to take the law into their hands as according to him, “the command frowns at jungle justice.”

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