Ojogbane Audu and John Shiaondo Six persons, including three set ablaze, were said to have been killed on Friday in an alleged reprisal on Kasa, Angbaaye, Alabar, and Ayati communities in Zaki Biam Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State. The alleged reprisal comes four days after gunmen stormed the Zaki Biam International Yam Market, […]
Ojogbane Audu and John Shiaondo
Six persons, including three set ablaze, were said to have been killed on Friday in an alleged reprisal on Kasa, Angbaaye, Alabar, and Ayati communities in Zaki Biam Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State.
The alleged reprisal comes four days after gunmen stormed the Zaki Biam International Yam Market, killing no fewer than 52 persons.
A resident of Zaki Biam, who did not wish to be named, decried the recent killings in the area and blamed security operatives for their alleged laxity in curbing communal clashes.
He said, “We heard that the Federal Government has drafted Special Forces and sent a helicopter to maintain peace in Zaki-Biam, but as I speak, we have not seen them and many people are moving out of the town because people are killed almost on a daily basis.
“One person was killed on Wednesday in Alabar, another in Angbaaye, and then Ayati. On Friday, three persons, including a woman, were burnt alive in their house at Kasa.”
When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer in Benue State, Moses Yamu, confirmed the burning of three persons to death.
He said security operatives have been drafted to the affected areas, but that the police had yet to identify those burnt in the attack.
Meanwhile, a truck loaded with grains lost control in a market at Farin Gada neighbourhood of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State, killing six persons.
No fewer than 10 persons also sustained injuries in the fatal accident, which occurred at about 7pm in the evening.
An eyewitness told our correspondent that the truck, which was said to have been loaded with maize, allegedly lost control as a result of a brake failure and rammed into vehicles with several passengers on board.
He said, “I saw that the driver was struggling to control the vehicle. It rammed into three tricycles loaded with passengers and three other cars parked along the same road and crushed them. This led to the instant death of six persons while 10 others sustained varying degrees of injuries.”
Three passengers died in the tricycles, while a driver, his fiancée and one other passenger were said to have been killed in a car.
The Police Public Relation Officer, Plateau State Command, Tyopev Terna, confirmed that three people died in the accident, adding that the driver of the lorry, Fatai Onaolapo, had been arrested and was helping the police to unravel the cause of the accident.
According to the police spokesperson, the preliminary investigations carried out revealed that the driver, who was coming from Saminaka in Kaduna State, was heading to Onitsha with a lorry load of maize.
Terna said eyewitnesses at the scene attributed the accident to speeding.
He added that those who sustained injuries were receiving treatment at Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos.
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