Gov Ortom Imposes Curfew in Gboko as Youths kill 7

The tension in Benue State, north-central Nigeria was aggravated Wednesday when irate youths took to the streets and killed seven persons.This was confirmed by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, who said the victims were travellers to Okene in Kogi State and parts of Taraba State when criminals attacked, killed and burnt them to ashes.

According to the Owoseni, men of his command raced to the scene of incident but were overpowered by the crowd who attacked their patrol vehicle, Punch writes.

“We got information around 11am this morning that some hoodlums believed to be of Tiv stock between 9.30am and stormed a garage in Gboko where they attacked seven people believed to be of Fulani extraction, killed and burnt them,” he said.

“The passengers were said to be in the park where they were trying to board  a commercial vehicle to Okene or Taraba. The police in the area of the attack got information and rushed to the place but the criminals embarked on hurling stones at the police.”

Owoseni allayed fears that the attack had any “ethnic, religion or political coloration, but warned that the command would not hesitate to deal with anyone found culpable in any criminal act.

He said some people had been arrested in connection with the attack and were helping the police with useful information in their investigation.

Meanwhile, the state government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on Gboko till further notice.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Media Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Tahav Argezua, who said the curfew would last from 6pm to 6am from January 31till further notice.

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